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Zille insists soldiers be deployed to gang areas

Helen Zille says she cannot understand what the big fuss is around possibly deploying the army to ganglands.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Niki McQueen

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Friday said she could not understand why there was a storm around around possibly deploying the army in areas plagued by gang violence this time around.

The police's top brass are not in favour of soldiers in gang-infested areas like Hanover Park and Lavender Hill.

Zille said she was still waiting for a response from the Presidency, about her request for the South African National Defence Force to be deployed to Lavender Hill.

She added police heavyweights should remember the army has been sent to Lavender Hill before.

"It's very strange that in December 2011, when the army was deployed, there was no outcry and no problem. Why there should be all these obstacles now? I really have no idea."

Zille also wants the police's gang and drug units reinstated.

"Jackie Selebi dismantled the drug and gang units and I think it was merely to protect his high flying friends from their investigation. I think it's about time that we reintroduce them because that is the only way police had success against gangters and the drug trade."

Authorities estimate between 30 and 40 people have been killed in gang violence over the past six months.

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