'Khayelitsha is a breeding ground for crime'

The ANC criticised the Western Cape govt for slow development in Khayelitsha.

ANC members visit rape survivor and the family of the man killed when he tried to help her in Khayelitsha on 10 August 2015. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) leader in the Western Cape Marius Fransman said the slow pace of development in Khayelitsha makes the township a breeding ground for crime.

Fransman visited the families of a rape survivor and her boyfriend who was shot dead while trying to save her.

The incident happened on Friday.

The relative of the rape survivor said she now fears for her life.

She added that the 23-year-old woman is receiving trauma counselling.

During a visit to the young woman's family home on Monday, Fransman wasted no time blaming local government for the lack of development in Khayelitsha, which he believes is contributing to high levels of crime.

"We're saddened by this, it's unacceptable but socio-economic reality is real because poverty breeds crime."

Provincial ANC officials, who visited the family on Monday, described the incident as senseless and cold-blooded.

An arrest has yet to be made.