Zille does not get army fuss

By Drum Digital
13 July 2012

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the army was deployed to Cape Town just seven months ago "without a fuss", it was reported on Friday.

She told The Cape Times the army should again be called in to help with gang violence, despite Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa shooting her suggestion down.

“There is nothing 'populist' about my call to bring in the army to restore calm so that the police can get on with investigative policing.

“The army was deployed last Christmas in comparable conditions and it worked well, and without fuss, without these kind of accusations.”

Zille said when the ANC was in power of the province, it brought in the army in similar circumstances.

“So I find it difficult to understand the fuss now. Perhaps we should ask who is being ‘populist'?”

Mthethwa visited gang-ridden areas Hanover Park and Lavender Hill on Wednesday, to speak to residents. According to the report, he said bringing in the army to combat gangsterism would turn these areas into war zones.

Zille was not informed of the visit and heard about it through the media.

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