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DA suggests SANDF train in EC 'ghost towns'

The DA has proposed that the defence force train in ghost towns after they shot & killed a guard by accident.

The DA has proposed that the defence force train in ghost towns after they shot & killed a guard by accident. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has suggested that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) carry out its training in so-called 'ghost towns' in the Eastern Cape.

This comes after soldiers shot and killed a security guard in Port St Johns by mistake last month.

Soldiers, who were busy training in the town, were responding to a cash-in-transit robbery when they opened fire.

They killed three of the armed robbers but also shot the guard.

The DA's Athol Trollip says, "There are some industrial development zones that were established during those homeland regimes and those industrial areas have just been allowed to become ghost towns; all those companies have packed up over the years and left. They're perfectly suitable to have military training because there aren't any civilians walking around in the streets there."