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Presidency yet to receive formal request for SANDF deployment

As commander-in-chief of the SANDF, President Jacob Zuma has the final say in terms of soldier deployment.

Police and members from SANDF launched a massive raid at the Jeppestown hostel, searching for illegal weapons, drugs and stolen goods on 21 April 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency says it is yet to receive a formal request for members if the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to be deployed to crime hotspots.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the Defence Minister to send in soldiers to known gang areas in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Mbalula argues that the intensity of violent crimes in parts of these provinces, particularly Cape Town, calls for urgent intervention.

As commander-in-chief of the SANDF, President Jacob Zuma has the final say in terms of soldier deployment.

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