Stay out of Nyanga at night - report

2012-09-26 20:28

Cape Town - The most likely place to be murdered in the Western Cape is the township of Nyanga, especially over a weekend and after dark, provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.

The township, situated near the Cape Town International Airport, recorded the highest number of reported murders last year, based on forensic pathology data, he said.

Plato was speaking at the release of the first "Shadow Crime Report", which used mortuary statistics - from 2008 to 2012 - to give detailed information on provincial crime, in addition to the police's annual crime statistics.

The report revealed that 10 police stations, all in Cape Town, contributed to just under half of the province's 2 290 reported murders.

These were Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Harare, Gugulethu, Kraaifontein, Delft, Mitchell's Plain, Philippi East, Bishop Lavis and Mfuleni.

A typical murder victim was most likely to have been stabbed; to have had alcohol beforehand; and to be a black man aged between 18 and 35.

The report revealed that 87% of murder victims were men. Half of those murdered were stabbed, a quarter were shot, and about 17% died of severe assault or blunt trauma.

Seventy percent of those killed tested positive for alcohol.

In areas known for gang violence, the number of people killed by gunshots was significantly higher than the provincial norm of 26%.

About 85% of murders reported to the Belhar police station were gunshot-related.

Steenberg, Bishop Lavis and Elsie's River were the next highest.

Plato said the purpose of the report was not to criticise police, but to move away from a "one-size-fits-all" approach to crime.

The department planned to release a report every six months, and use the information to create "localised responses" to specific community crime trends.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-09-26 20:39

    The most likely place to be murdered is anywhere in South Africa irrespective of the time of day

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 22:13

      the most likely place to be murdered is anywhere in the world! But amongst the hot spots when in SA are the ones mentioned , if you dont believe it, put it to the test! send malema in with a case of beer late at nite !

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-27 10:23

      Nyanga has always been a problem area, this comes as no surprise to me. I myself stay out of that area at night i only roam around it during the day.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-26 21:03

    This is an absolute truth. @ Julian trust me on this one bra. If you had not notice. All the old townships in cape town are the most deadliest. Nyanga ofcorse top the list follows by gugs and then ktc. Even this age group and ethnic its correct, and drunk ofcourse. I just hope something is done about it. School boys now are learning to take over when the older ones are in jail.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-26 21:08

    Imagine having to live there. Shame on our rulers.

  • rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 21:45

    i just wanna know, if i send malema there at night with a case of beer and a handfull of cigars, will that do the trick?

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 21:53

      and make no mistake! I dont think its a joke for the unfortunate residents who are forced to stay there. Or youngsters growing up there and dont wanna be part of the voilence and gangs, it makes the Bronx look like clifton beach! OOOH EH EH! Just one small dop is ......enough!

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 21:54

      and make no mistake! I dont think its a joke for the unfortunate residents who are forced to stay there. Or youngsters growing up there and dont wanna be part of the voilence and gangs, it makes the Bronx look like clifton beach! OOOH EH EH! Just one small dop is ......enough!

  • hash.jadawat - 2012-09-26 22:04

    DA should bring in the DEATH PENALTY..its seems that LIFE is...need I say more..

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-27 06:40

      Probably will when they become independant........

  • Natasja Lee Vermaak - 2012-09-26 22:05

    @zim.mogabe...this is only the study for the wc. not the whole country. and there is a big difference between people killing each other because they are boozed up and get into fights, and farm murders.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-09-26 23:25

      So the are no farmers killed in the western cape??? Don't tell me you believe this hogwash about farmers being targeted. How do you know this people were killed because they got into a fight??? They could've been targeted by thugs and stabbed, shot because they are boozed up. Nowhere in the article it says people killed each other because they are boozed up. It says people were stabbed, shot. Criminals target people who can't defend themselves. You assume because it's black people affected??? I think your prejudiced brain is running a little wide of the mark here Natasja.

  • Natasja Lee Vermaak - 2012-09-26 22:09


  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-26 22:27

    And yet nothing gets done about it.....Death Penalty anyone?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-27 06:42

      Thumbs up for death penalty. Down if you want this to carry on.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-27 01:51

    It has always been this way in CT for decades, the difference now is 24h reporting on global mass media. Also, the gangs now have greater access to guns and the tik epedemic has so diminished their minds that they will use these guns at will. Still, there is a strange comfort in knowing that 70% of these murders were driven by alcohol and that they are not just random events.

  • hendrick.mokwale - 2012-09-27 05:36


  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 01:19

    its avery rough neighborhood, having been residing there 4 da last six yearz till present i haven't seen any improvement s that will protect the innocent residents affected,

  • aren.dette1 - 2012-10-10 16:18

    And this situation is the conseqeunce of no policing, and are the authorities looking at alternatives because losing human lives at the rate thats mentioned amazes not just me but also foreigners that very much want to invest in the province......something is wrong in South Africa .

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