30 WC cops dismissed for corruption since start of year

Arno Lamoer says unlawfulness within the SAPS won't be tolerated.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - About 30 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) members in the Western Cape have been dismissed on charges of corruption since the start of the year.

This was revealed by Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer at a briefing on the province's crime stats in Gugulethu earlier today.

The 2013/2014 statistics were released in Pretoria on Friday.

Lamoer said there's been a noticeable increase in crimes such as murder and robberies while sexual offences have decreased by 8.1 percent.

He added unlawfulness within the SAPS won't be tolerated.

Earlier, Lamoer said gang-related violence is pushing up the province's murder rate.

Lamoer reiterated that the 12.8 percent increase in murders in the province was a major concern, with 18% of murders in the province gang-related.

Gang violence is also fuelling other categories of crime such as attempted murder and drug-related offences.

Most murders are recorded in areas such as Nyanga, Mitchells Plain, Delft and Elsies River.

Lamoer said he believes the high levels of violence in the province are driven by substance abuse.

He added that R122 million worth of drugs has been confiscated over the past financial year.