DA accuses Nhleko of breaking promise to send troops to gang infested areas

The DA's Athol Trollip says Nathi Nhleko told PE residents that soldiers would be sent in to assist them.

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CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has accused Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko of back peddling on a promise to deploy the army to gang stricken areas in Port Elizabeth.

The opposition party's leader in the province, Athol Trollip, says Nhleko told residents during a visit to the metro last month that soldiers would be sent in to assist them.

But speaking at the launch of a crime combatting operation yesterday, the minister said the soldiers would not be part of interventions in the area.

The DA's Athol Trollip says it's clear an empty promise was made.

"While the ANC make promises and renege on promises more people are being murdered in the northern area and to me it's a culmination of a number of factors that haven't been fulfilled by the ANC."

But Nhleko's spokesperson Musa Zondi says the minister never said the army would be deployed, but rather that the government would consider the issue.

"There are processes involved, you don't just deploy the army so those processes saw it wasn't going to deploy the army but it doesn't mean there is no policing."