Over 14 people were killed in the Western Cape last week. Most victims were murdered in Blikkiesdorp, Mitchells Plain and Athlone.
“The Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, condemns in the strongest terms the murder of over 14 individuals in the past week, and calls on the National Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to intervene and put an end to these killings,” the province’s community safety department stated.
On Wednesday, Fritz is to attend the Provincial Courts Efficiency Committee Meeting chaired by Judge President Hlope. He will also ask there for the police to put an end to this spate of murders that can be compared to the state of war.
“War is commonly defined by the UN and other such institutions as an act of conflict that has claimed more than 1,000 lives,” Fritz explained. “In the Western Cape 1,875 people were murdered in the past six months alone. This means that many of our most vulnerable residents in the province are living in a war zone.”
Fritz mentioned that the programmes created by his department for the community were aimed at the crime elimination. The development of youth and job creation should help the members of the society avoid becoming criminals.