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Western Cape builds more police stations to help fight crime

The Western Cape government has announced new police stations that will be built to help fight gang-related violence and other crimes.

14-03-24 09:05
Western Cape Police Stations SAPS
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The Western Cape emerges as one of the leading provinces in reported murders, according to recent SAPS crime statistics for the third quarter of 2023/24, covering October to December 2023.

Among the top 30 stations reporting the highest number of murders, areas in the Western Cape feature prominently.

Notably, arguments, misunderstandings, and provocation remain the leading causal factors in a significant number of murders. Gang-related violence is particularly concerning, with the majority of gang-related murders occurring in the Western Cape.


Furthermore, construction is well underway for two new police stations in the Western Cape, marking a significant step towards bolstering law enforcement presence in communities plagued by violence and gang activity in Cape Town.

Spearheaded by the Ministry of Police and supported by SAPS management, these developments come in response to rising crime levels in the region.


Despite initial delays at the Tafelsig station due to community demands for involvement in the project, authorities have resolved the issue, ensuring local labour engagement in the construction process.

The nearing completion of the Makhaza station at 97% positions it to significantly improve law enforcement capabilities in the Khayelitsha community upon its operationalisation.

“It has taken six months to complete the Makhaza police station and this is commendable and encourages us to do more to ensure policing services are not a ‘nice to have’ but are accessible to all,” stated Cele.

Cele added, contractors have assured that they will finalise pending infrastructure connections, including electricity and water, in the coming weeks, enabling effective community service.

Meanwhile, progress continues at the Tafelsig station. It promises much-needed police services closer to residents of Michelle’s Plain, contributing to crime prevention efforts.


These developments are part of a broader initiative aimed at addressing crime hotspots in the Western Cape.

Alongside the construction of stations in Browns Farm and Samora Machel, also slated for completion by 2026. The government is taking decisive steps to reinforce law enforcement infrastructure and combat criminal activities in vulnerable communities.