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Zuma to decide on SANDF deployment to gang hotspots

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

FILE: Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) patrol Rea Vaya routes in Soweto. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – It’s now up to President Jacob Zuma to decide if the army should be deployed to help police battle crime in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the Defence Minister to send in soldiers to gang hotspots in the two provinces.

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 South African National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma has the final say in terms of soldier deployment.

Mbalula’s proposal is now going through the relevant government channels.

The Presidency’s Bongani Ngqulunga says that he is yet to receive correspondence from Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s office.

“Once the president receives the request, he considers it and then he decides what informed the motivation that has been given and whether he needs to authorise the deployment of soldiers.”

Specific details regarding the deployment’s timeframes have yet to be provided.

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