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25 murders in Western Cape over past weekend

Of the 25 people murdered, 18 victims were shot in areas including Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

FILE: Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's forensic pathology services unit recorded a total of 25 murders over the past weekend.

Of the 25 people murdered, 18 victims were shot in areas including Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Over the previous weekend, 43 murders were reported in the metro and 55 the weekend before that.

Premier Alan Winde said he was pleased to see the presence of the army was having some impact in communities where people are living in fear.

More than 1,300 soldiers have been deployed across 10 communities with the cost of the operation at R23 million.

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Over the past few days, soldiers have been patrolling the streets of Manenberg, Hanover Park, Elsies River, Delft Mitchells Plain and Nyanga.

They were deployed on 18 July and their role was to stabilise the areas while police conduct operations.

The operation was scheduled to come to an end on 16 September.

While many Cape Town communities have welcomed the army deployment in gang-ridden areas, some suggested that they stay longer than three months.

Mitchell's Plain Community Policing Forum chairperson Abie Isaacs said the area has been relatively quiet since the deployment.

Isaacs suggested soldiers should use the current base camp in Tafelsig so that they are more visible in the community.

“We’d be glad if they could stay until after the festive season.”

Nyanga Cluster CPF chairperson Sandile Martin said the army's presence was effective and wants to see soldiers in the area for a longer period of time.

“For the army to be here for three months is not enough for us, it’s not going to assist the communities because the people who are doing the shooting, are still shooting while the army is here. The only thing we can do is to deploy more army members.”

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