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Zille wants army in Cape ganglands

Helen Zille has again called for the army to be deployed to gang-infested communities.

Helen Zille has again called for the army to be deployed to gang-infested communities. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Helen Zille is adamant calling the army into gang-infested areas will decrease crime.

The Western Cape premier led an anti-crime march to the Mitchells Plain police station on Sunday, where she handed officers a memorandum of grievances.

Zille also met with families who've lost loved ones to gang violence.

She said Mitchells Plain police were overburdened with crime, gangsterism and drug problems which were plaguing the community.

"They are trying to do their job but what we need is the army in here, to quieten things down."

Several party supporters joined Zille in the anti-crime march through the streets.

MANENBERG

As the new school terms gets underway The City of Cape Town is re-evaluating its law enforcement presence at high-risk Manenberg schools.

Since gang violence flared up in the community late last year, schools in the area were forced to close their doors on several occasions.

Ongoing gun battles between rival gangs later forced authorities to deploy law enforcement officials for the safety of teachers and learners.

The City's JP Smith says Cape Town Metro police have conducted 60 operations in Manenberg since mid-January in a bid to clamp down on gang violence in the area.

"We searched 84 premises, 83 vehicles and 532 people and our successes include 89 arrests for drug-related charges, 51 arrests for other charges including murder, the confiscation of seven illegal firearm ammunition and the issuing of 521 fines."