In May 331 murders were recorded in the Western Cape, compared with 304 murders in May 2018. That is more than 10 murders per day — lives cut short by violence. 

The fact that murder numbers have increased year on year is deeply concerning and points to systemic failures by the police to curb crime and violence. The anti-gang unit, introduced with much fanfare in November 2018, has resulted in some arrests, but it is clearly having little impact on the murder rate.

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