Murder rate in crime capital Cape Town up dramatically from last year

Murder rate in crime capital Cape Town up dramatically from last year

- Cape Town has seen a rise in murders in the last year

- This led to calls for the army to intervene to clamp down on gang violence

- However, the Western Cape minister of Community Safety says that the army should be a last resort

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Cape Town, which is the South African murder capital, has since a recent increase in the homicide rate.

In 2018, the city's murder rate climbed to 66.4 per 100 000 - up from 62.3 per 100 000 the year before.

This week, the Western Cape's minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, announced measures to combat rising violent crime.

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Violent crime is not new to Cape Town. For several years it has been ranked as the most violent city in South Africa and, according to the Mexican Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, it is the 11th most violent city on the planet.

In South Africa, Durban and Port Elizabeth come as the runners-up for the highest rates of violent crime, according to Business Tech. 

In the Cape Flats alone this year there have been 1 600 confirmed murders. This had led to calls for the army to intervene in an attempt to put a stop to gang violence. However, Fritz says that he wants to try all other options first and use the army as a last resort.

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The minister said that he is reluctant to involve the military in civilian policing.

Fritz has a meeting with Police Minister Bheki Cele scheduled for next month to discuss the issue, has gathered.

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