The Western Cape provincial government has  allocated R1bn to fight crime in the popular tourism region, which has a murder rate almost double the national average.

Premier Alan Winde said on Thursday that the province will recruit and train 3,000 law-enforcement officers, starting with the first 1,000 this year. In addition, the government will implement a social plan aimed at preventing youths from joining gangs, blamed for many of the 3,974 murders recorded in the province in the 12 months through March...

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