43 People Killed In Cape Town, South Africa Over The Weekend

Reports suggest that 43 people were murdered over the weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The tragedy was confirmed on Monday by Premier Alan Richard Winde, a South African politician and businessman and current Premier of the Western Cape and a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. In a statement, Winde said:

[The] SAPS started running a national joint operational and intelligence structure operation on Thursday night in the areas of Philippi, Steenberg and Delft.

We welcome the fact that 143 arrests were made, and guns and drugs confiscated, but despite this heavier police presence, and [Police] Minister Bheki Cele himself going out on patrol, 43 people were still murdered – some of them in the very areas where the operation was held.

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were deployed in Cape Town on Monday to assist South African Police Service (SAPS) in a clamp-down on gang-related crime. This was after Winde had revealed that of the 43 people murdered, 25 were shot and 12 stabbed.

Winde also argued that the weekend murder rate required that Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele, the South African Minister of the Police and president Cyril Ramaphosa swiftly process the paperwork so as to occasion the deployment of the army to assist the police.

More: News24

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