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DA: Delft has 3rd worst police-to-population ratio in CT

The Democratic Alliance says for every 706 residents in Delft, there is only one police officer.

FILE: Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says for every 706 residents in Delft, there is only one police officer.

The DA's Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Safety, Mireille Wenger, says officers are being overworked and overwhelmed by an increase in violent crime in the area.



Last month, there were more than 30 murders in Delft, many of them gang related.

Wenger says the Delft police station has the third worst police-to-population ratio in the Cape Town Metro followed by Harare and Nyanga police stations.



She adds the national norm for a police-to-population ratio is one officer for every 358 people.

"The high number of reported gang-related murders in Delft calls for serious concerns. There are severe shortages at this police station and officers on the ground are overworked and overwhelmed by the violent crime they must combat. I will be taking this resourcing matter up on a provincial and national platform."