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2018-09-13 06:01

“It boarders close to the warzone while there is peace and there is no war in South Africa,” he told parliament.

“If we can’t deal and control the murder cases, we are not bringing any joy to South Africans.”

Reacting to the figures, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said Western Cape had the lowest police ration per capita.

He said the national average was “one officer for every 369” people.

“In the Western Cape there is one officer for every 509 residents, while in the City of Cape Town, only one officer for every 560 residents,” Plato said.

Ronnie Busakwe, Khayelitsha Community Police Forum chairperson said police need to work together with communities in fighting crime.

“As a community, we are willing to work with police because we do not have resources and means to protect ourselves against criminals who are heavily armed,” said Busakwe.

He said they need help in order for them to help the police in the fight against crime.

Busakwe said communities will play a huge role in fighting crime because the perpetrators live amongst them and police cannot be everywhere all the time.

“Also as the community we need to report these criminals because we know them they live with us,” he said.

He added that as the community of Khayelitsha they will meet after the release of the latest Crime statistics to discuss a way forward in what to do in the fight against crime.

Other crime hotspots in Khayelitsha include.

Lingelethu West:

Attempted murders dropped by one to 36, sexual offences went down to 66 from 67, while car hijackings declined from 104 to 70.

Khayelitsha:

There was a huge decline in attempted murder cases from 256 to 181.

However other crimes such as sexual offences and rape went up.

Sexual offences increase from 156 to 186, while rape increased by 17, from 139 to 156 plus.

Car hijacking went down from 145 to 144.

Harare:

Harare recorded a decline in the following crimes: attempted murder, sexual offences, rape and car hijackings.

Attempted murders dropped by just one to 82, sexual offences from 204 to 192 less, rape from 162 to 156 and car hijackings from 173 to 124.

Mfuleni

Attempted murder cases increased from 109 to 123, sexual offences from 230 to 167, rape from 183 to 126 and car hijackings from 103 to 126.

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