WC top cop Jula concerned about high murder rate in province

They told MPLs more than 270,000 crimes were reported in the Western Cape in 2016.

FILE: Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula says he’s concerned about the high murder rate in the province.

Jula led a team of provincial and national management officials who briefed the Western Cape Legislature’s Standing Committee on Community Safety on resource allocation on Wednesday.

They told MPLs that more than 270,000 crimes were reported in the Western Cape in 2016.

This is a slight decline compared to 2015 when just over 280,000 offences were recorded.

Jula says this reduction is not necessarily attributed to an increase in resources.

“And at the same time, and in the same breathe, I want to say that we remain very concerned about the rate of the murders of this province that are not decreasing. Also the gang-related incidents in the Cape Flats. Those incidents have not decreased.”