Murder capital of SA

2011-09-10 20:08

The police station in Nyanga, Cape Town recorded the highest number of murders – 198 – in the country last year.

Residents speak about the daily gauntlet of violent crime they experience in the township. There are over a million people living there and more than half the population is unemployed.

Ncumisa Bomvana (38) is an unemployed mother of three children. She says if a week passes without a body being found it is a long time. She blames unlicenced shebeens in informal settlements which operate until the early hours of the morning and contribute to the crime rate.

Shebeen owners “operate the way they want, how they want, and think they cannot be touched,” she said. “People die like flies here,” said Bomvana.

Another resident, Nosiphiwo Thobelani (44), says, “It’s not surprising that Nyanga is once again regarded as the most violent area. To young people here killing a person is a small thing. They don’t care.

“If they go to jail the same week they’ll be granted bail. People are afraid to speak out because these perpetrators are among us. We are not safe.”

She said three people were murdered in her section of Nyanga last month.

The Nyanga police station commander refused to take calls and his secretary said all enquiries needed to be sent to the provincial police liaison office.

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