Plato: Murder is escalating in the Western Cape

Nyanga accounts for nearly 10 percent of murders and remains the biggest crime hot spot in the WC.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department says 10 areas in the province account for nearly half the number of murders.

MEC Dan Plato gave a breakdown of the provincial crime statistics based on the stats released by the national police commissioner and minister of police last week.

Plato says the latest crime stats show the extent to which criminal activity is escalating in the province.

He says Nyanga accounts for nearly 10 percent of murders in the province and remains the biggest crime hot spot in the Western Cape.

The MEC says Gugulethu, Delft and Mfuleni are not far behind.

"These precincts account for quite a huge percentage of all murder cases in the province. 47,7 percent for murder and 47,7 percent for attempted murder."

Plato added that Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Kraaifontein form part of the top 10 murder spots.

At the same time community safety also says 85 per cent of police stations in the province are under resourced.

Plato says more police officers are urgently needed.

He says in Khayelitsha, for example, there's only one police officer for every 900 residents.

"The accepted national ratio is in the region of one officer per 375 people. Currently the figure is much higher than that."