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Lamoer: Gang violence pushing up WC murder rate

Nyanga, Mitchells Plain, Delft and Elsies River recorded the most murders.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says gang-related violence is pushing up the province's murder rate.

Lamoer gave a breakdown of the province's crime stats at a briefing in Gugulethu earlier today.

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

Lamoer reiterated that the 12.8 percent increase in murders in the province was a major concern, with 18% of murders in the province are 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 believes the high levels of violence in the province are driven by substance abuse.

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

CLOSE TO 47 MURDERS PER DAY IN SA

The 2013/2014 crime statistics show there were 800 more murders in the last financial year.

The figures show that house robberies increased by more than 7 percent across the country.

The 19,284 robberies inside the homes of South Africans is higher than the number recorded in 2010 and the highest in the last decade.

Over the last year, murder went up by 5 percent in more than 17,000 cases, which is 800 cases more than the previous year.

The police's statistics show 17,068 murders were recorded in the 2013/2014 year, up from 16,259 in 2012/2013 - representing a 5 percent increase. If those numbers don't stir up concern, consider this: 17,068 cases translate into close to 47 murders a day, or just under two murders every hour.

The statistics do show reductions in sexual offences, however, this is an often under-reported category.

There have also been fewer instances of assault and motor vehicle theft.