W Cape residents reveal top crimes

2012-07-04 18:24

Cape Town - Substance abuse, home burglaries and common robbery are the crimes which affect most Western Cape communities, the provincial community safety department said on Wednesday.

Department MEC Dan Plato said these findings were the result of surveys from 13 347 households, 25 community policing forums, and interviews with relevant organisations.

The findings formed part of a 140-page report on provincial policing needs and priorities, released to reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday.

"I have already couriered copies of this document to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, for consideration when determining the national policing policy," Plato said.

He would monitor the degree to which highlighted needs and priorities were implemented in national policy, as the province was unique.

He said it needed specialised police drug and gang units, as well as a framework with targets to address drug-related crime.

  • shiko.phoks - 2012-07-04 18:39

    Gang specialized unit is long due. You have my vote on that one.

  • sachasea - 2012-07-04 19:24

    Legalize and regulate drugs and you remove the gangsters primary source of revenue which will kill gang profits over night! No brainer

      Ken Jay May - 2012-07-04 19:49

      You're barking up the wrong Tree Spirit!

      sachasea - 2012-07-04 20:10

      So you disagree with my statement Ken? How would you suggest we deal with the issue of ever-increasing gangsterism and criminality on the Cape Flats? Keep throwing millions of rands of taxpayer money at it and wasting valuable police and court resources hoping it will miraculously disappear? This has never been anything but a total failure. It's about time that our politicians start embracing new alternatives to reduce criminal profits and minimize harms associated with irresponsible drug use.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-04 20:39

      I agree with Tree! The world-over the ahem 'war on drugs' has been a colossal failure, pouring gazillions of bucks into a bottomless pit. Trafficking and consumption go up year after year despite best efforts. Experiments in Europe and USA with "drug-safe zones" (safe from harassment) saw immediate & sustained drop in drug-related crimes. The world-over, we need new ideas and new approaches because the methods of the last 150+yrs simply are not working.

      peter.english.756 - 2012-07-05 02:23

      Disagree Tree Spirit, many of the drugs in the Western cape are very harmful to health, one example being "TIK", we will spend millions on them in hospital anyway,Do you really believe our government can actually put measures in place and enforce them to "regulate", even if we manage this we will still be throwing millions at regulating it, for me the I have personally seen the failures of government failing to stop the sale of cigarettes to under 16s, also take into consideration that the side effects of many of theses drugs turn people into violent people.I feel the prohibition period taught us that gangs will just move on to another source of income, that time it was alcohol now drugs, who knows what next, they all not going to suddenly become fine upstanding citizens.

      art5SA - 2012-07-05 02:59

      Only problem is that Govt Ministers and their WIVES/HUSBANDS, are RUNNING THE DRUG TRADE in South Africa!!! Get RID of them.... and the NIGERIANS.... 50% of problem resolved!

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  • retief.ueckermann.1 - 2012-07-05 09:09

    Drug dealers on the flats have the police force on their payroll. Until this corruption is eradicated, nothing will change with regard to drugs.

  • mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-07 15:37

    Thought Cape Town was utopia the way everyone carries on. Put it this way it was when i studied there , not anymore . an you imagine what it will be like as SAA has stopped flying to Lndon from cape town instead will now fill those slots fo flight to cape town from ghana and ivory coast LOL good luck see that crime rate rise even more . All part of a ANC pay back for booting them out of the western cape.. Think people they wont be happy till it is a dictatorship supreme

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