83 people were killed in the Western Cape, within a space of a week - Police minister, Bheki Cele

83 people were killed in the Western Cape, within a space of a week.

This was revealed by police Minister, Bheki Cele, who addressed the media on Thursday, providing an update on the crime situation in the province.

The majority of the murders, says the police minister, took place in and around the metro, as well as the Cape flats.

Cele says arguments, robberies and gang violence remain the top causative factors for these deaths.

Amongst those killed, was a 39-year old police Sergeant Sthembiso Mnatwana who was shot and killed last Thursday in Samora Machel. Mnatwana worked at the Cape Town central police station, and he was killed while returning home after a night shift.

Cele said the Western Cape has the third highest number of gun-related murders in the country. He welcomed the confiscation from SAPS of 33 firearms and 538 rounds of ammunition, in a week

Furthermore, he revealed that police in the province have intercepted and seized crystal meth, cocaine and heroine including R33 million rand worth of mandrax in recent months.

Cele says SAPS are doing everything in their power to combat crime in the Western Cape.

The full speech can be found here:



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