S Africa Military Set to Deploy Against Cape Town Gangs

Law enforcement officers deployed to Philippi

"We have mentioned the places that we'll be sealing them off", Cele said.

South African army units will be used to support the police in a planned crackdown on gang- related violence in Cape Town from Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters in Cape Town.

The city of Cape Town, in South Africa in recent weeks appeared to have been overwhelmed by violence requiring a national intervention. It is therefore more pressing than ever that we continue to drive our inter-governmental dispute with Minister Cele on policing allocation and resourcing, and we will continue to fight for provincial control of the police service.

Early in July, the Police Minister returned to the city and visited the Philippi are on the Cape Flats, where 13 people were killed in one weekend.

We welcome the employment of the SANDF in areas of the Cape Flats from tonight, as authorised by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to stabilise communities that have been ravaged by a major spike in gang activity and crime.

Naidoo says the Summit will host 500 delegates comprising of various entities and stakeholders involved in the fight against crime.

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The deployment is for three months and can be renewed to ensure sustainability, according to Cele.

There is a heavy police presence in Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East townships, reports say. Cape Town, an worldwide tourist destination with stunning coastal and mountain scenery, has the highest murder rate in the country, according to the latest official crime figures.

"We believe that by the time that time comes, we would have normalised the situation and we'll sustain that through normal policing."

"Countless mothers have buried their innocent children and life in these communities has been a never-ending nightmare". 'The DA trusts that the deployment of the SANDF to various communities in the Western Cape will bring much-needed stability in the Western Cape.

Gareth Newham at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, said: "It is a short-term, unsustainable response to a crisis".

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