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Authorities to tackle crime in SA's 'murder capital'

The Nyanga township has retained the title of “murder capital of South Africa” for two years.

FILE: The Nyanga Community Policing Forum has highlighted some of the major reasons for the continued crime wave in the area. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) has highlighted some of the major reasons for the continued crime wave in the area.

They include insufficient resources, which are hampering adequate policing.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police is meeting with police officials and community groups in the township.

The township has retained the title of "murder capital of South Africa" for two years.

In the 2012/2013 financial year, more than 200 murders were reported in the area.

The Nyanga CPF's Martin Makhasi says a lack of resources is one of the reasons why authorities can't bring down violent crime levels.

Nyanga Police Station's acting commander Lana Poolman says in the past financial year, more than 10,000 crimes have been reported in the township.

Makhasi says something urgent and decisive needs to be done.

Meanwhile, Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee says it is concerned about the lack of staff at the Nyanga Police Station which has 59 detectives who are handling up to 200 cases each.

There are currently 285 officers working in the area.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said, "There's the issue of having enough staff to deal with the huge area, it's also to do with the leadership and whether there's management control on the staff and lastly, it's the interaction with the community."