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Langa's murder rate contributed to 55% of murders in CT

The WC Community Safety Dept says Langa still accounts for almost 55% of murders in CT policing cluster.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The high murder rate in the township of Langa has contributed to more than 55% of the total number of murders in Cape Town's police cluster.

The statistic has been revealed during this weekend's Policing Needs and Priorities workshop hosted by the Western Cape Community Safety Department in Salt River.

Various safety groups and law enforcement agencies within the Cape Town policing cluster have been attending the talks.

The department's latest crime statistics have revealed the Langa police precinct has contributed to more than half of the total number of murder cases in the Cape Town police cluster over the past five years.

Overall the murder rate in Langa has dropped since 2011, from 65 murders to 43 during the 2014/2015 period.

The township still accounts for almost 55% of murders in the cluster.

It's also still the most notorious murder hotspot out of the nine areas within the Cape Town cluster.

The overall murder rate has decreased by 17% between 2010 and 2015.

During the workshop, neighbourhood watch groups and other community safety groups emphasised the need for better policing resources and training.

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