Police bosses won’t announce date for SANDF deployment to WC, GP

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says there won't be an announcement on the precise date.

FILE: Members from various SANDF units seen during a march through the streets of Sophiatown, Johannesburg on 9 November 2013. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says should the army be deployed to crime-stricken areas in Gauteng and the Western Cape, there won't be an announcement on the precise date.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula sent a request to the defence minister asking for the deployment of SANDF soldiers amid a rise in gang violence in the two provinces.

The Defence Ministry, however, says a lengthy process must be carried out which includes feasibility studies before a request is sent to President Jacob Zuma, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Mkongi says no exact dates will be given.

“If we’re coming to the Western Cape, we can’t make the announcement; we’ll be giving the criminals a hint. We can’t. We want to find them when they are not prepared.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)