Western Cape Community MEC Albert Fritz on Wednesday revealed the extent of the growing murder rate in the Western Cape when he said the province recorded 448 murders in the month of June 2019. The figure recorded in June 2018 was 344 representing 104 more murders this year (a 30% increase).
According to Fritz, these unnatural deaths were caused by gunshots and sharp objects.
Fritz was speaking at the department’s budget vote speech and also had this to say about the growing security concerns in the province.
The need for the Western Cape to be prioritised is evidenced by our mortuaries facing increasing pressure in the amount of murdered persons, as by law, all cases of unnatural causes of death require an autopsy. Currently, there is a R287.3 million mortuary being built in Observatory, which is double the size of the Salt River mortuary. However, if murder rates continue at this pace, the new mortuary will not be able to cope with the influx of dead bodies,” said Fritz during the department’s budget vote speech.