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Plato wants army to quell gang violence

Two more people have been killed in gang-related violence in Manenberg.

Western Cape Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says many residents living in gang-ridden communities have supported his renewed call for the army to be deployed.

In the last few weeks, dozens of people have been killed in suspected gang-related shootings. This past weekend alone two people were killed and another wounded.

One of the victims, a 23-year-old Manenberg man, died in hospital after being wounded in the neck on Saturday. It's believed to be the fourth murder in the area this month.

Plato says these killings must stop.

"We believe their presence will make the communities much safer. They'll then be able to walk freely to work or school. It will take away the fear."

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille wrote to the Presidency asking for the army to be deployed in gang-ridden communities. Her request was turned down.

Government said deploying the army would create the impression that South Africa was a military state.

Despite efforts to fight gang violence, a number of people - including children - have been caught in the crossfire in recent months.