Army rolls into Cape Town hotspots

05:37 (GMT+2) Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Residents of violence-torn townships in the larger Cape Town metropole can expect the police and army to come knocking at their doors after President Cyril Ramaphosa approved a request for the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) following a sharp increase in murders in the city.

Police Minister Bheki Cele, during a debate on the SA Police Service budget in the National Assembly on Thursday night, announced the SANDF would join a large police contingent to be deployed to several policing precincts.

"We'll do that at Khayelitsha, Philippi, East Harare, Gugulethu, Mfuleni, Kraaifontein, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Elsies River, Nyanga...where people have been dying," Cele told MPs.

"We'll go door to door, we'll collect every illegal firearm, we'll collect all criminals that we want, we'll collect all outstanding criminals that have been on bail and that is happening from two o'clock this [Friday] morning."

During a media briefing following the debate, Cele said he would be addressing a large contingent of officers at 2 am on Friday morning ahead of their deployment. Members of the SANDF would join officers a few hours later.

This was part of "extraordinary" measures to be deployed following a bloody weekend in the Mother City's townships. At least 13 people were killed in shootings in Philippi East.

- African News Agency (ANA)