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Army won't solve gangsterism - Van Wyk

Government says there are other ways to deal with the ongoing gang violence in Cape Town.

Bullets found during a crime operatons Police raid in Manenberg. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Chairperson of parliament's Police Portfolio Committee Annelize van Wyk says Manenberg does not need the army, but a holistic government approach to deal with gang violence in the area.

More law enforcement officials have been deployed to Manenberg in a bid to quell the ongoing violence, but many residents believe it is too little too late and the army is the only answer.

But van Wyk does not agree.

"I do not believe that we can blindly just put in the army in that area. That in itself also sends out certain messages. We must be careful. The army is not trained to police. The army is trained to kill."

On Monday, Manenberg children returned to school following a temporary closure last week due to the violence.

Police also conducted security operations in the area. Several people were arrested.

On Sunday, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille announced that R6 million would be used to curb gang violence.

She also said she would meet with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Several people, including children, have been killed in gang crossfire throughout the province.

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