Police minister Bheke Cele announced on Thursday that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed in gang-infested communities across the Cape Flats. During a media briefing, he explained that President Cyril Ramaphosa had approved a request for the deployment after an urgent meeting this week with defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
The deployment of soldiers will form part of a crime stabilation programme and follows the death of 13 people who were killed in Phillipi East over the weekend. Cele said the SANDF will be commanded by the police and that they (SANDF) have the capacity to support the police on this matter.
“The recurring scenes of scattered dead bodies in the streets of Phillippi, Mitchells Plain and Nyanga are unbearable. It is on that score than I challenge all generals in the South African police to surrender their uniforms if this situation does not improve,” he said.
Despite Cele mentioning that the army will tackle hot spot areas in Cape Town and that certain areas require a quick response, the exact locations of deployment have not been announced yet. More information on the deployment and focus areas will be posted soon. Deen Times / (Picture: Aishah Cassiem)