Updated on 12 July 2019
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.
Last weekend 13 people were killed in a 24 hour period.
The upsurge in violence is due to a turf war between rival gangs, fueled by retaliation attacks.
There is a heavy police presence in Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East townships.
The army's current deployment is for three months and can be renewed.
The army was last deployed to tackle Cape Town's gangs in 2017.
Increased presence of security personnel, especially in violence-prone areas
Increases in crime, especially that related to gangs
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