Police Minister Bheki Cele says the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed in violence-riddled communities in Cape Town, the office of
The areas include Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East.
The announcement came less than two weeks since soaring murder statistics put Cape Town on course to become one the world’s most dangerous cities.
At least 13 people were killed in several shootings in Philippi East over the weekend.
JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security said: “The people of the Western Cape don’t want the army‚ they want safety‚” he said. “If you give them visibility of the police and better safety‚ they will take that.”
“It would have been better for them to do the right thing for the right reason when the crisis first started and not after hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary deaths before action is taken.”
Speaking at a media briefing after he tabled his budget vote in Parliament, Cele said President Cyril Ramaphosa had approved a request for the deployment after he sat down with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
The Constitution and Defence Act make provision for the deployment of the SANDF to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) when deemed necessary.
“We are working on the matter of deployment. We have mentioned the places that we’ll be sealing them off,” Cele said.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said: “The Western Cape has seen more than 2 500 murders over the past year, with 900 gang-related murders since January.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.