- The military has officially intervened to assist police in Cape Town
- They will be lending support to operations in several high-crime areas
- Their presence has drawn a mixed response over all, but many residents are pleased
This week, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) intervened in several high-crime areas in Cape Town.
On Thursday, 8 SA Infantry battalion descended on Hanover Park and Manenberg to clamp down on gang violence.
This comes after a recent wave of gang-related crime in the city, which ahs resulted in widespread calls for military intervention.
The military reportedly formed road blocks and raided properties suspected to house gangsters, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The soldiers are assisting police with crime-fighting operations and are expected to remain in the city for up to three months.
While this move has drawn a mixed response from the media and several political parties, some Hanover Park residents welcomed the soldiers' presence.
According to Times Live, people living in the area have been terrorised by shootings and other violence over the last several weeks.
Indeed, there has been a spate of gang-related killings in the Mother City in recent months. Last weekend, over 40 people were reportedly killed between Friday and Monday alone.
Since then, there have been various summits attended by numerous stakeholders to discuss a way of dealing with the crime wave. Western Cape premier Alan Winde was among those pushing for military intervention several weeks ago, but this was initially delayed.
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