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Cape Town Continued High Crime Alert

Updated on 17 July 2019


  • High levels of violence continue to be reported in the Cape Town area despite the arrival of South African National Defense Force (SANDF) soldiers on Friday, July 12.

  • While the soldiers arrived in the area on Friday, they are reportedly not currently authorized to conduct patrols.

  • According to police officials, 43 murders were reported between July 12 and Monday, July 15, throughout the Cape Town municipality. Another 143 people were arrested during the same time period.

  • The SANDF soldiers are expected to help local police conduct joint security operations, particularly in the Cape Flats, Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park, and Philippi East areas of Cape Town.

  • According to local statistics, at least 900 people were murdered in gang violence between January and June 2019 in the Cape Flats area.

Possible Effects:

  • Increased presence of security personnel, especially in violence-prone areas

  • Increases in crime, especially that related to gangs

  • Heightened security measures, including an increase in cordon and search operations, foot and vehicle patrols, and checkpoints are expected in the coming months

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid high crime areas

  • Avoid travel at night and/or alone

  • Remain vigilant

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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