Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Monday revealed that 43 people were murdered in the province over the past weekend despite increased police presence in gang hotspots.
This comes right on the back of another bloody weekend in Cape town were 13 people were murdered which prompted the police minister to act by deploying the SANDF to Cape Town.
“[The] SAPS started running a national joint operational and intelligence structure operation on Thursday night in the areas of Philippi, Steenberg and Delft,” Winde said in a statement.
“We welcome the fact that 143 arrests were made, and guns and drugs confiscated, but despite this heavier police presence, and [Police] Minister Bheki Cele himself going out on patrol, 43 people were still murdered – some of them in the very areas where the operation was held.”
The highest number of murders were recorded in Mfuleni, where six people were killed.
Delft and Samora Machel each recorded four murders, followed by Mitchells Plain with three.
Winde said of the 43 people murdered, 25 were shot and 12 stabbed.
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