ALAN WINDE: Safety is a non-negotiable priority in the Western Cape
We have made the bold promise of halving the murder rate in this province over the next 10 years
Improving the safety of all Western Cape residents is one of my key priorities. Many in our communities, including women, children and the elderly, feel unsafe. Gang violence is one of the primary manifestations of violent crime in our province, but other forms of violence, and interpersonal violence in particular, are major challenges.
If we take Brazil as an example, it evokes images of high levels of violent crime, guns, drugs, no-go areas, favelas, police corruption and gangs. In effect, similar to things we hear about SA and about Cape Town. There are many examples of successful interventions that saw a drastic reduction in the murder rate in some Brazilian cities. For example, the city of São Paulo slashed its murder rate from 49.2 per 100,000 in 2001 to just 5.5 per 100,000 in 2018, an almost 90% reduction in the murder rate in 17 years...