Latest murder stats show an increase in the Western Cape

The Western Cape has seen an increase in recent murder statistics.

Between July and September of this year, 10.9 % more murders occurred in the Western Cape.

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The province’s murder rate increased from 1050 during the same time last year to 1 164 in 2023, according to second quarter crime statistics.

The number of murders in the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan ( LEAP ) deployment areas, which included Delft, Gugulethu, Harare, and others, increased by 18.6 % to 649 cases from 547 during the prior fiscal year.

The majority of murder increases were in LEAP areas, which were strategically targeted high-crime zones. The Western Cape’s overall murder rate increased by 2.4 % after excluding these regions.

The following three locations, where LEAP officers are stationed, saw decreases in homicides:

  • ( 1.1 % )Kraaifontein
  • ( 11.3 % )Nyanga
  • ( 14.8 % ) Philippi East

The following areas, where LEAP officers are stationed, saw an increase in homicides:

  • ( 192.9 % ) Bishop Lavis
  • ( 15.9 % )Delft
  • ( 55.9 % )Gugulethu
  • ( 20.8 % )Harare
  • Khayelitsha ( 2.1 % )
  • ( 56.5 % )Mfuleni
  • ( 35.5 % ) Mitchells Plain
  • Philippi ( 56.3 % ), and
  • Samora Machel ( 26.5 % )

Atlantis remained unchanged.

A violent mini-bus taxi strike in August 2023, mass murders in Gugulethu, and disputes accounting for 33 % of homicides are among the factors, according to the Western Cape Government (WCG). 78 % of these murders nationwide are related to gangs, which continues to be a concern.

According to the most recent statistics from the South African Police Service ( SAPS), murder rates across the nation rose 9.2 % to 27 494, and for the 2022–2023 fiscal year, they rose by 1 % to 4150 in the Western Cape.

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The most recent statistics are unsettling and discouraging. However, they demonstrate the need to step up and focus all of our efforts in order to combat violent crime more effectively, according to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

” Through our data-led, evidence-based approach to policing, we need to be even more diligent in strengthening our coordination with the SAPS, municipal law enforcement, and community based organizations.” Our residents are being let down by the current national policing model. Our province’s persistent and persistent under-resourcing is also unmistakably a deadly factor that has undone our initial successes in reducing murders.

According to Winde, the WCG is making significant investments to address the root causes of crime. The creation of jobs is essential for improving communities, lowering poverty, and protecting at-risk youth from harm. In order to better inform and direct our use of health resources to combat violent crime, we are also utilizing health data. We can learn a lot about crime trends from this kind of data, as well as from crime statistics and other information sources.

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