Zille still wants the army

The Western Cape Premier maintains police have failed to curb gangsterism.

An eight-year-old boy, who was killed by gangs in Steenberg, was laid to rest on 28 June 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday reiterated her call for the army to be deployed to gang hot spots during spikes of violence.

In the most recent incident in Hanover Park at the weekend, two children were wounded in a shooting.

A six-year-old girl is in hospital after she was shot in the head in gang crossfire.

Zille said her request in July to President Jacob Zuma to deploy the army in Lavender Hill and Hanover Park was declined.

She said the president informed her, in a letter in August, that police had a five point strategy to deal with the gang situation.

But she said she had still not been given information about an implementation plan.

"I'm afraid that the police's response to the ongoing gang violence and murders has been inadequate."

Zille said she was afraid her request had been summarily rejected.

She said the provincial government is doing all it can to deal with the situation but its powers are limited.

Zille said there needs to be greater cooperation from national government.

Over 20 people have been killed in gang related violence in recent months.

The provincial Education Department will be introducing metro police in schools, in a bid to deal with gangsterism there.

Some learners have been forced to drop out of school as travelling to and from the institutions has become unsafe.