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South African gang violence force 16 schools to close

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2013 | 5:39 PM

A surge in gang violence has prompted education officials in South Africa's Western Cape Province to close 16 schools for two days.



A caretaker at one of the schools died after being shot a number of weeks ago.



At least 50 people are reported to have been wounded or killed after being shot in areas of Cape Town's Manenberg suburb in recent weeks.



Provincial Premier Helen Zille has asked the national government to send in the army to help overwhelmed police.



The education ministry says the decision to close the schools was made after teachers said they feared for their safety.



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