South Africa deploys army to gang-hit Cape Town

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Authorities in South Africa have deployed the army to townships in the port city of Cape Town to deal with an upsurge of gang violence.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said the soldiers will work alongside the police in an operation to recover illegal firearms and drugs.

At least 13 people were killed in 24 hours last weekend in one of the violence-hit parts of the city.

Cape Town’s gang problem goes back many decades.

According to reports, the recent upsurge in violence is due to a turf war between rival gangs, fuelled by retaliation attacks.

The army was last deployed to tackle Cape Town’s gangs in 2017.