Most murders committed during weekend 'drinking time' - MEC

2015-10-08 16:19
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Cape Town - More than 80% of murders reported in the Western Cape take place between a Friday afternoon and Sunday morning "when it is drinking time," community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Thursday.

The recently released annual crime statistics found that eight of the 10 policing precincts with the highest murder rates are in the Western Cape.

Of the 17 805 murders recorded across the country in the past financial year, 3 186 were in the province - a 9.7% increase in cases from the previous financial year.

"[Alcohol] is where interpersonal violence is emanating from," Plato said during the presentation of a detailed analysis of the province's latest crime statistics.

Provincial government will in coming months roll out initiatives to try to combat drug and alcohol abuse.

Most contact crimes – murder, attempted murder, serious assault, common and aggravated robbery as well as sexual offences – are committed in Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Harare, Mfuleni, Kraaifontein, Gugulethu, Delft, Worcester and Bishop Lavis.

Plato said there was a definitive link between criminal activity and socio economic circumstances.

"However, the majority of the Western Cape population are law abiding and hardworking citizens despite living under bad social conditions.

"You can’t use social circumstances... as a main reason for crime."

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