Gun Ownership Momentum


Crime in Cape Town: There’s been a 19% rise in gang-related arrests

Local police are doing everything in their power to fight gang crime in Cape Town, as arrests have increased over the last year.

Gun Ownership Momentum


Gang crime in Cape Town remains one of the biggest problems faced by the local police force, as authorities continue to battle against the scourge of violence in the region’s poorest suburbs.

The Safety and Security Directorate’s annual statistics for the 2017/18 financial year revealed that there’s been a 19% rise in the number of arrests made related to gang activity. BusinessTech report there’s also a 39% increase in the number of firearms recovered through targeted operations.

Crime in Cape Town: What the statistics say

In the report, the City of Cape Town (COCT) explains that a rise in the number of arrests is more of a positive outcome than a negative one. It may not necessarily mean that more crime is being committed, but that police officers are having more success with their operations.

“Our enforcement statistics for the period under review are up, year-on-year. The Metro Police Department achieved a 19% increase in arrests and a 39% increase in the number of firearms recovered through targeted operations.”

“There was also a notable increase in the number of public tip-offs about illegal activities. This is particularly encouraging because it speaks to a growing trust in the City’s enforcement agencies.”

Fighting crime in Cape Town

COCT also stressed that the resources they have for crime fighting are limited. They also state that they are battling against a total of 16 gang-violence hotspots across the municipality:

“The Metro Police Department Gang and Drug Task Team, in association with the Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit, devote as many resources to these communities as possible, but resources are limited.”

“It is important to note that the South African Police Service (SAPS) remains the primary agency responsible for tackling gang violence. The City acts in support of SAPS.”

The Safety and Security Directorate went on to reveal that the city has seen a 53% increase in the number of land invasions recorded. Protests relating to the land have increased by 249%, too. Law enforcement agencies in Cape Town made 12 063 arrests in the 2017/18 financial year, which was a 17% increase from last year.