Saps staffing blamed for crime increase in CT murder hotspots

Seven policing precincts in Cape Town are among the country's top 10 murder hotspots.

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CAPE TOWN - Poor police staffing in some of the city's so-called murder hotspots has been partly blamed for an increase in violent crimes in those areas.

Nyanga, Gugulethu, Harare, Khayelitsha, Delft, Kraaifontein and Mfuleni make up nearly half of the Western Cape's more than 3,200 murders. This emerged after the release of the latest crime statistics.

The seven policing precincts are among the country's top 10 murder hotspots.

The Social Justice Coalition is taking the South African Police Service management to court over alleged skewed resource allocation. The organisation's Chumile Sali explains: "You know we are regarded as the murder capital in South Africa, yet we compare Nyanga with other police stations in wonderful areas. Nyanga has fewer police."

The City's JP Smith put the blame on Saps. "This is why I believe the City of Cape Town and province should be joining that legal action, to ensure that we also push for improved resources at many of the other police stations that are well below the national average in terms of deployment."

The Western Cape has 150 police stations.