- Khayelitsha residents have said that the area's lighting infrastructure is inadequate
- Many say this contributes directly to crime
- However, none of Cape Town's lighting budget for the year will be spent on the township
The City of Cape Town will reportedly not be spending any money on installing public lighting in Khayelitsha in the next year.
Of the city's R62.5 million budget for public lighting, none will go to the township.
The decision has drawn some criticism, as several Khayelitsha residents have said that the lack of lighting is a public safety issue.
In particular, Khayelitsha's lack of lighting has been blamed for much of the area's crime. Additionally, some residents have said that the existing lighting structures are very tall (over 40m) and thus cast long shadows, which can be dangerous, IOL reported.
However, the City of Cape Town has said that theft, vandalism and protests are a barrier to installing new lighting and maintaining existing lighting.
In addition, the City said that there were plans to install more lighting, but that these would be implemented over the next five years.
The Social Justice Coalition has argued that Khayelitsha's lighting problems have their roots in apartheid, when the state had little interest in providing the area with adequate infrastructure.
In addition, the Coalition says a police commission of inquiry conducted in 2014 found that Khayelitsha's lack of lighting was contributing to social problems.
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