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  • 227 Murders and counting – Mob KILLINGS in Western Cape ‘worrying’

    227 Murders and counting – Mob KILLINGS in Western Cape ‘worrying’

    Mob killings across the Western Cape are a sore point as more people die at the hands of angry community members.

    On Monday, the province recorded its latest mob-related killing after Belmont Park residents attacked a 37-year-old man accused of a spate of robberies.

    Vigilante trend on the up

    The murder reportedly comes less than a day after civil groups, among others, staged a community-wide march for peace. According to the Western Cape community safety department, the province recorded 19 vigilante murders monthly during the 2021/22 financial year.

    READ MORE: Woman brutally killed after multiple shots fired into her car in Midrand

    On average, mob attacks accounted for 227 deaths from April 2021 to March 2022, according to the Crime Trends 2021/22. Most incidents happened in Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Blue Downs, which are among the top 10 murder areas in the province.

    Western Cape police oversight and community safety MEC Reagen Allen expressed his worry over the prevailing mob slayings.

    “The trend is deeply concerning. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands. People should contact the police when they witness someone breaking the law. It allows SAPS to investigate the matter and lets the court process run its course.

    “We understand many communities are frustrated [over] the crime rate and might not have confidence in the police. But resorting to vigilante acts is simply committing another crime. The trend sketches a worrying picture, and I will engage SAPS around their efforts in combatting this crime.”

    WC police oversight and community safety MEC Reagen Allen

    953 arrests, 8 weeks – How WC’s LEAP unit is mopping top 10 murder areas

    Meanwhile, the province is bent on showing the rest of SA how it is done as law enforcement advancement plan (LEAP) unit officers continue flexing their muscles. The unit is on everyone’s lips for tackling criminality, not least serious crimes such as murder, head-on in the Western Cape.

    According to the provincial safety department, the government deploys officers through the Cape Town metropolitan police. Allen praised the stellar work of the LEAP officers, highlighting their successes from 4 April to 29 May.

    “These precincts are in locations of which 10 areas form part of the top 10 murder areas in the Western Cape. These include Delft, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, and Philippi East.”

    WC police oversight and community safety MEC Reagen Allen

    ALSO READ: Police arrest Mpumalanga man, 21, for murder after ‘senseless’ stabbing

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