SANDF to be deployed to Cape Flats

[image: Western Cape Government]

Crime and gangsterism-rife hotspots on the Cape Flats in Cape Town await the arrival of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Police Minister announced their impending deployment in his budget speech in parliament on Thursday. He accredited Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for requesting the authorisation of the deployment from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

SANDF’s role will be one that will deal with the high crime rate in those areas. Violence has been on the rise in recent weeks, especially with the fatal shootings of 11 people in Philippi last weekend.

The announcement was met with mixed emotions by the residents: