Forty-six deaths were registered by the Cape Town authorities during the last weekend despite the joint crime combatting efforts of the Western Cape police and the SA troops deployed in the crime-ridden area two weeks ago.
According to the Western Cape provincial government, twenty-one people were killed in shootouts, twenty others died after being stabbed and five more fell victim to various other causes.
There was an increase from the 25 murders recorded by the province’s forensics services the weekend before.
The province also recorded several reports of shootings that had left some residents injured. Two children, aged 6 and 16, were among those shot and wounded.
“There is often a rise in the number of killings towards the end of the month and around pay day,” MEC for Community Safety in the Western Cape Albert Fritz claimed.
The police linked only ten counts of killings out of the 46 to gang-related cases. The rest of the murders were committed under the influence of alcohol.
“We are concerned that following a quieter weekend last weekend, to coincide with the first deployment of SANDF troops, we have seen a sharp increase in murder numbers again. What these numbers underline is that we cannot rely on the SANDF alone to help solve the problem of crime in the province. The police, all levels of government and the public all have a role to play in helping to reduce the scourge of crime in our city,” Western Cape premier Alan Winde declared.