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Crime still rife in Nyanga

Crime stats show Nyanga and Mitchells Plain are the top murder and drug offence hubs.

Police keep an eye on Nyanga residents during a protest. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nyanga and Mitchells Plain have retained the highly dubious honour of being the Western Cape's top murder and drug offence hot spots.

This emerged on Thursday during Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's annual crime statistics report.

More than 2,500 have been murdered across the province over the past year, increasing the statistic to more than 12 percent.

Nyanga, which has now been labelled a the murder capital of South Africa, recorded 262 reported murders in the last year. This is 29 more than last year.

Mitchells Plain recorded more than 6,300 drug crimes. Last year it recorded 5,850.

A total of 2,580 people have been murdered in the province this year alone, while just over 82,000 drug-related crimes have been reported.