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Elections 2019: Police to ramp up activity in Cape Town crime-ridden hotspots

saps South Africa's lawlessnessCele vows to beef up police presence in hotspot areas in the Western Cape

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The Western Cape may be a low-risk for politically-related crimes, but Police Minister, Bheki Cele, warned that they are not taking any chances with Elections 2019.

As reported by EWN, South Africa’s Top Cop was briefing police officers and the media outside the Cape Town train station on Monday afternoon.

Elections 2019: Western Cape low-risk for political violence

He made assertions that law enforcement agencies in the province have committed months of planning into ensuring the safety of voters during the elections on Wednesday.

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“Western Cape, with all problems that they might have but the province, has been identified as a low-medium risk, it is not a high-risk like other two provinces; that will be your KZN and the North West,” he said

Cele revealed they are going to focus on 41 police stations that are located in hotspot areas known for gang violence.

Since the province is regarded as a low-to-medium risk zone, in terms of politically-related violence around the elections, there will be at least two police officers based in every voting station.

This is in sharp contrast to provinces that are regarded as high-risk zones. In places such as the North West, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, Cele revealed that there will be at least six police officers based at polling stations.

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Western Cape government struggles with extreme violence

The national police ministry has faced some criticism from the Western Cape’s DA-led government. Mayoral candidate, Alan Winde, lambasted Cele’s office for failing to respond to the scourge of violent crimes in the province.

In a recent statistics-based report, Winde noted that between November 2018 and April 2019, the Western Cape has already recorded something close to 2 000 murders.

The mayoral candidate warned that if Cele was not willing to play ball in their upcoming inter-governmental mediation process, he was ready to take the matter to the courts.

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“Minister Cele has acknowledged receipt of our dispute. He has 30 days in which to provide my office with a date to enter into mediation. As stipulated by the Constitution, the ball is firmly in his court to address the Western Cape’s Provincial Needs and Priorities (PnP).”

“Should he fail to adhere to our 30-day deadline, we would not hesitate to go the legal route and seek relief from the courts,” he warned.

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