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Plato: WC police "in crisis"

The Western Cape Community Safety Department says the police are under resourced.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato believes a drastic decline in a number of police and reservists in the Western Cape is the reason for the high crime rate. Picture: Alleta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department says the province has an under resourced police force and is in a deep crisis.

MEC Dan Plato has highlighted some parliamentary responses about police resources in the Western Cape at a media conference in Cape Town.

Plato says a drastic decline in a number of police and reservists in the Western Cape is the reason for the high crime rate.

He says this contributed to an increase in a number of murders, attempted murders and sexual crimes between 2008 and 2012.

Plato says he's most concerned about the drastic decline within the police reservist force which had more than 22,000 people in 2008 but has now dwindled to a little more than 2,000.

He says he's written to police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to increase these numbers.

Meanwhile, Western Cape police say the death of three men over the weekend cannot yet be confirmed as gang related.

Two were shot and killed in Wesbank in Cape Town while standing on a street corner on Friday night.

The area is known as a hotspot for gang related activity.

Two men have been arrested.

In a separate incident a 27-year-old man was also shot and killed in Belhar on Saturday morning.

No arrests have made in that case.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana says, "On arrival they found a 27-year-old victim lying on the ground with what is believed to be gunshot wounds to his arms and chest.

"The victim is alleged to have died on the scene due to the extent of his injuries."