The City of Cape Town is rolling out technology that it hopes will crack down on shooting crimes.

Authorities have started re-installing the ShotSpotter system in some parts of the Cape Flats.

The detection system can accurately identify where gunfire is coming from in real time, and even say what kind of weapon is being fired.

It was previously in use in the three years up to 2019.

But the City and opposition political parties disagree on how effective it was.

The new rollout is for another three-year contract, at a cost of over R30 million.

The City had planned to re-introduce the technology in 2020 but that was put on hold due to budget constraints.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the gunfire detection technology is vital.

“It vastly approves our ability to ensure that we respond accurately and quickly to gunfire, and we also recover many firearms. The system gives us an accurate allocation every time a shot has been fired instantaneously and allows our officers to respond quickly to those gunshot incidents”.