Zille wants SANDF deployed in WC to help fight crime

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants to meet with provincial police bosses as well as national ministers to again ask the army to be deployed.

FILE: An SANDF soldier patrols near Parliament ahead of the arrival of President Jacob Zuma for the opening ceremony of the State Of The Nation Address. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants the army deployed to crime-plagued areas in the province.

Zille is expected to make a proposal to the provincial Cabinet this week.

This proposal will look to the feasibility of requesting national government to authorise the South African National Defence (SANDF) to assist police to combat crime in the province.

Zille wants to meet with provincial police bosses as well as national ministers to again ask the army to be deployed.

For years, communities plagued by violent crime have been calling for the army to step in.

More recently, residents of Philippi East and Nyanga, out of frustration, have demanded that SANDF be deployed as they feel police have been failing them.

Defence force members worked alongside police in Operation Fiela in 2015.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)