Over 1,000 murder cases were reported in the Western Cape between July and September 2022.

That’s an increase of 3.9% compared to the same period in 2021.

Gang-related violence continues to be a big contributing factor.

In the Cape Town metro, Nyanga and Mfuleni are both listed in the top five stations where the most contact crimes are reported.

This category includes murder, rape, and robbery with aggravating circumstances

In total, of the country’s top ten stations for murder – five are in Cape Town.

Those stations are Nyanga, Delft, Kraaifontein, Phillipi East, and Harare.

Despite the situation, some parts of the Mother City have seen a decline in crime figures.

Western Cape Government and City leaders have attributed this to the deployment of the LEAP programme.

Premier Alan Winde said, “I am encouraged by the downward trend in the other hotspot areas, once again proving our deployment of LEAP members to murder hotspots in Cape Town continues to bear fruit”.

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said they will continue to invest more in their safety and security units.

“This is why we are investing in more capacity for our units, with new equipment and technology aimed at increasing our crime prevention effectiveness and keeping our residents safe. It is clear that the devolution of policing has become an even more urgent need”.