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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cape Town Gangs: 'There's No Way Out'

Troops may soon be sent in to try to sort out the gang warfare in the South African city of Cape Town.

The country's largest trade union group (COSATU) and the premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, have recently both sent letters to South African president Jacob Zuma, calling for intervention to sort out the problem.

The president's office has said he will take advice from the police on the ground. Soldiers were sent into certain targeted hotspots last December apparently improving safety levels dramatically.

The latest calls come at a time when the violence between gangs appears to be increasing.

More than two dozen people have been killed in the past few months after being caught up in the fighting between the rival gangs.

There was talk of a "truce" between certain gangs but according to those Sky News spoke to there is fighting virtually every night. Read More