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Mbalula requests SANDF support to help fight crime in WC, Gauteng

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula references violent crimes related to gangsterism as a grave concern.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)’s support to assist with crime-fighting in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Mbalula references violent crimes related to gangsterism as a grave concern.

He says a large number of criminals also hinders efforts by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Mbalula has intensified the fight against violent crime by getting the SANDF to assist.

He says that some criminals also have military training and use weapons of war to execute the crime.

In a statement, Mbalula also remarks on the toll this takes on innocent bystanders paying with their lives.

His spokesperson, Vuyo Mhaga, says that the situation requires urgent intervention.

“This is to augment some of the work that the Western Cape police have been doing, the relaunch of the TRT, and the two provinces remain stubborn in terms of crime.

“Soldiers will be deployed in specific areas in the two provinces, especially in Cape Town.”

Mbalula has been active in various crime-ridden communities since he became Police Minister in March.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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