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Only Zuma can OK deployment of SANDF to gang-ridden areas

The Department of Defence has confirmed it has received the police ministry’s request but it’s not yet been forwarded to the Presidency.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - A request for the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to troubled areas of Gauteng and the Western Cape has yet to make it to the president’s desk.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday announced he wants the army deployed to crime hotspots like the Cape Flats to bolster police resources there.

It’s ultimately up to the commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces to deploy the SANDF.

That means President Jacob Zuma has to sign off on the request.

The Department of Defence has confirmed it has received the Police Ministry’s request but it’s not yet been forwarded to the Presidency.

The Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has been vocal in her calls for the SANDF deployment to bolster police resources on the troubled Cape Flats.

Her spokesperson, Michael Mpofu said: “There are things that the SAPS can do to ensure that violent crime comes down in high-risk areas. This includes the reinstatement of specialised gang units. It includes the review of the current reservist policy, among other things.”

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