Winde calls out Minister Cele following crime stats

By Doug Mattushek - 13 September 2019Views : 703

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has lamented Police Minister Bheki Cele's response to the 2018/2019 crime statistics.

Murders across South Africa have increased 3.4% and the statistic in the Western Cape is even worse at 6.6%. Many were calling for the axe to fall on incompetent officials, but Cele remained resolute.

"Last week we saw thousands of people standing up against gender-based violence and crime," said Winde in a statement.

"We've seen communities impacted by gang violence saying "enough". But when asked about whether heads would roll, Minister Bheki Cele said he didn’t believe they should, implying he finds this situation acceptable. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Cele should not find the crime situation in this province acceptable at all."

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Nyanga on the Cape Flats remained the murder capital of South Africa, with Delft and Khayelitsha, also on the Cape Flats, in second and third.

"The murder to population ratio in the Western Cape is 60 per 100 000 – almost double the national average," added Winde.