Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has asked police minister Bheki Cele for metropolitan police officers to be given full crime-fighting powers, as the city seeks to tackle lawlessness.

Cape Town is racked by gang violence and features prominently in the quarterly crime statistics released by Cele. Cape Town central police station was top of the list of the 30 police stations recording the highest number of serious crimes in the first quarter of 2022. The station recorded 2,653 serious crimes from January to March — an increase of 54.2% on 2021 figures...

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