Nyanga continues fight against crime

Visible policing in Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha is being taken to new heights.

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CAPE TOWN - The Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) on Saturday welcomed the police's new 'horses for courses' approach which is aimed at tackling crime in the area.

Visible policing in Nyanga, neighbouring Gugulethu and Khayelitsha is being taken to new heights as police now conduct daily patrols on horseback.

The initiative has already had some success.

To date, two suspects have been arrested for robbery, 18 for the possession of drugs, one for the possession of stolen property and nine for the illegal trading of alcohol.

The CPF's Sandile Martins said it's a great initiative.

"It will work for us very much if we can have more police and police visibility in our area, especially horses, because most of the area is made up of shacks and horses can easily move around."

The Nyanga township has become known as the murder capital of the country after recording an increase in murder cases in this year's crime statistics report compared to last year.