Namola, the crime-fighting app that lets users contact emergency services when in danger, has reached 50 000 downloads.

Namola is available on smartphones and is downloadable from Google Play and iTunes.

“We know that crime is rampant in our country. In 2016 alone 220,820 households were robbed, 250,606 homes were burgled, 14,602 cars were hijacked, and 51895 sexual offences were reported,” the Namola team said.

A press of a button dispatches the nearest emergency responders to the citizen’s GPS coordinates and has been shown to be 11 times faster than conventional systems. The system also allows for live tracking of vehicles and alerts to improve accountability and responsiveness.

“The severity of the impact of South Africa’s high crime rate on those living in low-income communities cannot be overestimated. With no access to infrastructure like transport, working street lights and private security, these communities are hardest hit by our country’s crime epidemic.”

“For some time there has been an outcry about response time in our communities, Namola will help to reduce this response time dramatically,” said Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.