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Mbalula waiting for Zuma to authorise SANDF deployment in crime hotspots

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula was in Nyanga on Thursday, an area that has among the highest murder rates in the country.

FILE: South African National Defence Force vehicles line a street in Ottery after the completion of a Fiela Operation raid on 22 May 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Soldiers could be patrolling the streets of gang-infested neighbourhoods in Cape Town by early November.

That's if the president authorises a request initiated by the Police Minister for the defence force to help South African Police Services members in anti-crime blitzes.

It's been over two weeks since Fikile Mblaula asked the Defence Ministry to set the ball rolling.

Minister Mbalula was in Nyanga on Thursday, an area that has among the highest murder rates in the country.

“The president, once he gives us the go ahead, we will basically announce the deployment. Like we said, it’s not going to be a static deployment, it’ll be through Operation Fiela.”