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At least 10 people killed in Western Cape every day - MEC

Community Safety MEC Alan Winde says in February alone 25 people were killed in Mitchells Plain, and since the beginning of the year, 20 people have been murdered in Bonteheuwel.

FILE: Cape Town residents march to Parliament 20 September 2018, calling for more police resources in communities where gang violence is rife. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety MEC believes it will take more than the anti-gang unit to reduce the province’s murder rate.

The unit has scored some successes in the province since its establishment.

Community Safety MEC Alan Winde says in February alone 25 people were killed in Mitchells Plain and since the beginning of the year, 20 people have been murdered in Bonteheuwel.

He says that on average, 10 people are still being murdered per day in the province.

In rural areas, there's even been an increase in fatal shootings in the period between November and the end of February.

Winde maintains that the army can play a role.

“This doesn’t need an anti-gang unit to one little suburb. This needs an overall war room. It needs major focus. It’s resources and people.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele last week reaffirmed the army will not be deployed to gang-ridden communities, but he indicated the anti-gang unit would run operations in Mitchells Plain and Bonteheuwel for three months.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)