50 reported murders in the Cape the past long weekend alone

There have been over 50 reported murders just over the Easter weekend alone in the Western Cape.

The latest statistics were revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele during a parade of newly-deployed officers in the province.

Nearly 200 police officials have been deployed to crime hotspots in the Western Cape amid an increase in crime, especially related to gang violence.

Cele says the additional deployment comes amid what he calls a “stubborn wave of crime” in Cape Town.

He says progress has been made with regards to addressing the issue of extortion in various parts of the city.