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Tuesday, 4 November, 1997, 07:19 GMT
Prince tours township today

Prince Charles is to tour the crime-ridden Crossroads township on the outskirts of Cape Town today, on the latest leg of his South African tour.

He'll visit the Nyanga police station, which serves a community of four-hundred-thousand people with fewer than a hundred-and-forty policemen, including one from Britain.

Correspondents say the country's police force is struggling to cope with violent crime: South Africa has the highest peace-time murder rate in the world.

Later, Prince Charles is to be guest of honour at a state dinner hosted by President Nelson Mandela.

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