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Limited street lights a major cause of high crime rates in CT townships

The Social Justice Coalition is demanding more lighting in townships across Cape Town.

FILE: Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is demanding more lighting in townships across Cape Town.

The civic group held a public meeting in Khayelitsha on Saturday with community members and officials from various sectors, including Western Cape Emergency Services.

Limited street lights in Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Browns Farm, Marikana and Samora Machel have been a major cause of high crime rates.

This has emerged in Saturday’s meeting hosted by the Social Justice Coalition.

The SJC's Chumile Sali says, “We’re here to connect communities such as Philippi, Nyanga, Kraaifontein, Khayelitsha to come up with one campaign to champion the issue of street lights.”

The SJC says more than 50% of people who must commute to work, use public transport.

Sali says people who must walk to bus stops or taxi ranks are vulnerable to criminals who take advantage of poor lighting in townships.

He says just last week one woman, who was robbed and stabbed in Khayelitsha while on her way to work, couldn’t identify her attacker because it was too dark in the street.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)