Zille wants Zuma to use army to stop war
Increasing gang violence on the Cape Flats could soon be met with military force following a letter to the president by Premier Helen Zille.
Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said yesterday that a letter had been received from Zille and her proposals were being considered.
"The premier will be notified about the president's decision in due course," he said.
At the weekend, two people were shot and wounded at the funeral in Ottery of a gangster by men masquerading as mourners .
It was also reported last week that 23 people, including seven children, have been killed in gang-related violence within a six-week period.
On Sunday, Zille joined the call by residents of the Cape Flats to bring in the army to deal with gang wars.
In her letter, Zille sought the deployment of the army in Hanover Park and Lavender Hill.
"The constitution and the Defence Act authorise you, in your capacity as president, to employ the SANDF in co-operation with the SAPS, in the prevention and combating of crime, and the maintenance and preservation of law and order within the republic," Zille wrote,
She said that, of the 23 deaths reported, 17 were in Hanover Park and Lavender Hill alone.
Many of the dead were innocent bystanders, caught in the crossfire.
She said that, by bringing in the army, the police would be given the backup they needed to do their job more effectively.
Zille said the deployment of the military to hotspots such as Lavender Hill during the festive season had led to a marked decrease in gang violence.
The defence force referred requests for comment to the Presidency.