Drop in murder cases at Nyanga 'not representative of decline' in killings

The Delft police station topped the list with 265 murder cases reported between April 2019 and March 2020, a 7.3% increase compared to the previous year when 247 cases were recorded.
The Delft police station topped the list with 265 murder cases reported between April 2019 and March 2020, a 7.3% increase compared to the previous year when 247 cases were recorded.
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Of the top 10 police stations with the most murders in the country, six are in the Western Cape.

This was revealed when the country's annual crime statistics were released on Friday.

Delft police station topped the list with 265 murder cases reported between April 2019 and March 2020, a 7,3% increase on the previous year when 247 cases were recorded.

It was followed by Khayelitsha with 251. Most of the stations in the top 10 in the Western Cape reported an increase in the number of murders.

Police minister Bheki Cele on Friday hailed a 36% drop in the number of murders  recorded at the Nyanga (185) police station in Cape Town.

Nyanga station, when the crime stats were released last year, led when it came to “trio crimes”: car hijacking, robbery (residential), and robbery (non ——residential).

Nyanga (with 289 killings last year) then recorded the most murders in the country followed by Delft and Khayelitsha.

Andrew Faull, senior researcher in the justice and violence prevention programme at the Institute for Security Studies, however, pointed out that the new stats for Nyanga were not in fact representative of a decline in the murder rate for the area.

“The 36% decline in the number of murders in Nyanga is not a real decline. This is a result of the opening of the Samora Machel police station, and if you add their numbers together, the two combined still come out at the top,” he said.

Other police stations recording murders in the province included:

  • Mfuleni where the statistics reveal murders increased by 7.1%
  • Harare police station saw a drop of 2.4% in cases.
  • Gugulethu police station had 157 cases, a 1.3% increase compared to the previous year.

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