Zille still wants gang units

WC Premier still insists specialised gang units and the army will ensure community safety.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday reiterated her call for specialised gang and drug policing units to be reinstated.

She also maintained the army should be deployed to quell ongoing gang violence in Western Cape communities.

Western Cape government believes it is doing all it can to address gang violence, including implementing social initiatives and strategies.

However, it wants national government to be more cooperative.

Zille said her request in July for President Jacob Zuma to deploy troops to gang hot spots was declined, even though police have not done enough to curb the problem.

She said the Western Cape government wants to strengthen its oversight role to improve policing, by means of the proposed Community Safety Bill.

"Once that's been through the provincial parliament, it will be a provincial law, and then the police will be required to cooperate with us."

The proposed legislation will give the province powers to monitor the police.

At least 30 have been killed in gang-related attacks and skirmishes this year alone.

In the latest incident a six-year-old girl was shot in the back of the head while playing outside her Hanover Park home.

Leeana van Wyk was caught in the crossfire fire between rival gangs when they clashed on Saturday afternoon.

Another child was also wounded in the shooting.