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Army may be deployed to CT - report

The Community Safety says it is not aware of an alleged order sending the army into gang-infested areas.

Lavender Hill in Cape Town. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department on Wednesday said it was not aware of an alleged order allowing the military to enter gang-infested areas.

According to a report in the Herald newspaper, soldiers will soon be deployed to affected areas.

Earlier in 2012, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille asked President Jacob Zuma to send in troops to stop the ongoing violence.

The department's Greg Wagner said he has not been informed by national government.

"We've received no official confirmation on whether the army will be deployed or not."

At least 23 people, including an eight-year-old boy, have been killed in gang crossfire in recent months.