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'SA's murder capital' begs for more police

With only 59 detectives handling around 200 cases each, Nyanga police are desperate for more resources.

Nyanga has the highest murder rate in the country & the police station is severely under-resourced. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - With only 59 detectives handling around 200 cases each, the Nyanga Police Station's Community Policing Forum (CPF) says it desperately wants another police station and more resources in the area.

The CPF highlighted some of the major reasons for the continued crime wave in the area during an oversight visit by Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on Wednesday.

The township has the highest murder rate in the country and the local police station is severely under-resourced.

The CPF's Martin Makhazi says inadequate resources hamper policing in their community.

"A single detective in this station is sitting with over 100 dockets, so the conviction rate is very low."

More than 10,000 crimes were reported in the township in the past financial year.

He believes another police station is urgently required to beef up resources.

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.

Meanwhile, the committee says it's concerned about the lack of staff at the station.

There are currently 285 officers working in the entire 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."