Cele concedes Cape Town murder rate still too high

At least 40 murders are still taking place during weekends across the Cape Town metropole. This despite the deployment of the army to hot spots. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - At least 40 murders are still taking place at weekends across the Cape Town metropole.

This is despite the deployment of the army to hot spots.

Over 1,800 arrests have been made since Operation Lockdown began three weeks ago.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has not ruled out extending the mission if the desired results aren't achieved in the coming month.

There's also been mixed reaction from Mitchells Plain residents to the army’s presence on their streets. 

“They should stick around longer hours, they shouldn’t go immediately. They just pop up and go again.

"They should patrol the streets every night because they shoot every night. It’s very dangerous,” said resident, Alissandre du Toit.

Cele says the army only supports police and does not lead raids.

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But Cele concedes the murder rate is still too high.

“We would have loved that the stabilisation would happen in much lesser numbers. One weekend there was 25 murders, and now we have gone back to 40s, including this weekend. But that’s a number that has stayed on and that is a very high number for murders.”

Cele says the Western Cape police force will be bolstered when 1,000 trainees graduate at the end of the year.