The Western Cape province accounted for 84% of all gang related murders recorded in South Africa between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
The annual crime statistics revealed to members of Parliament today show the Western Cape province grossly outpacing other provinces with 938 gang related murders out of a total of 1,120 recorded nation wide.
The Eastern Cape province is a far second with at least 119 gang related murders during the same period.
Commenting on the overall statistics presented, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the statistics have proven that the number of murders have drastically increased in the past 6 years.
“This background is important to contextualise the debate of whether we are increasing, maintaining of decreasing in this trend having to focus specifically on murders,” Cele said.
Due to the growing threat of gang related murders in the Western Cape, the South Africa National Defence Forces (SANDF) was deployed in the province to help in the fight gang violence in Cape Town.
The SANDF deployment is due to officially end tomorrow and there are still many questions on the effectiveness of the deployment.