MURDER statistics for the Cape Metro region over the past weekend have shown an increase from the previous weekend, but a declining trend from previous pay day weekends, which tend to have the highest death toll in the province.
A total of 46 people were murdered over the weekend, with 21 shootings, 20 stabbings and five murders by other causes, showing an increase from the 25 murders recorded by the province’s forensics services last weekend.
Said premier Alan Winde said: “We are concerned that following a quieter weekend, to coincide with the first deployment of SANDF troops, we have seen a sharp increase in murder numbers again.
“What these numbers underline is that we cannot rely on the SANDF alone to help solve the problem of crime in the province. The SAPS, all levels of government, and the public all have a role to play in helping to reduce the scourge of crime.”
There were also several reports of shootings, in which residents were injured over the weekend. Among those shot and injured were two children aged six and 16.
Said Winde: “The pay day weekend is traditionally the most violent weekend of each month. In May, 71 murders were recorded over the pay day weekend, and in June, 66. While there were still 46 murders too many this weekend, we are seeing a downward trend in this regard which we hope to see continue in coming months.”
The number of stabbings had increased across the metro, which may be cases of interpersonal violence and not gang related, said Winde.
“We know that incidents of interpersonal violence are often fuelled by alcohol. As a province, we have increased measures to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, however, we call on citizens to play their part by using alcohol responsibly.”
Winde also mentioned the stabbing of a tourist on Table Mountain over the weekend and welcomed the swift action by neighborhood watch members in apprehending a suspect.
Garden Routers are advised to plan their Cape forays outside of pay day weekends.