Kids playing in the street in Lavender Hill, Cape Town
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Ceasefire for Cape Town gangs in South African drug war

5 December 2012 Last updated at 13:02 GMT

Community leaders have come together in one South African region in an attempt to stop the violence between rival gangs.

Their efforts appear to be paying off as the number of murders in one neighbourhood has dramatically dropped to zero in the past few months.

Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports from Cape Town.