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SJC: Unsurprising CT townships reflect high crime stats

The 2016 crime stats show seven of the WC precincts on the worst ten list for murders.

The Social Justice Coalition led Khayelitsha residents in a protest march. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Civil rights group, the Social Justice Coalition says it is unsurprising that several townships around Cape Town reflect high crime statistics, as the city is not serious about helping those communities.

Yesterday, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko released the 2016 crime stats, which showed seven of the Western Cape precincts on the worst ten list - for murders.

Most often, it is Cape Town's poorer communities, like Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha appearing on the highest contact crimes lists.

The coalition's Chumile Sali says informal settlements are generally more vulnerable to crime.

"There are poor services in those communities, there are no street lights, there are no tarred roads and the house and shacks are close to one another. Those communities are dark."

Sali says such communities subsequently need to be prioritised for services and infrastructure, something he says the City of Cape Town is not doing.

"We don't even see the visibility of Metro Police in our communities; we only see them in white communities and in Cape Town CBD."

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