- A 6-year-old child has been killed by a stray bullet in the Cape Flats
- What began as a cautious optimism, when SANDF arrived to patrol gang hot-spot areas, has turned into mounting fear from residents
- While President Cyril Ramaphosa promised over 1000 SANDF officers to deal with gang violence in Cape Town, reports have said that only 300 soldiers appear to have been deployed
Cape Flats residents were initially optimistic after South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, decided to deploy South African National Defense Force (SANDF) soldiers in the Cape’s gang hotspot areas.
Unfortunately, that optimism seems to have begun to sour, after the news that a 6 year-old child was hit by a stray bullet in Lavender Hill, amongst other terrible civilian deaths, as well as the death of a Police Officer, that have occurred.
The 6-year-old girl was playing outside her home, mid-morning, when unidentified shooters fired at a local man.
According to The Citizen, part of the problem is that SANDF is in a “sorry state”.
Apparently, there are not enough soldiers to go around.
The estimated 300 soldiers are not enough to patrol all 11 gang hotspot areas, which are home to over 1 million people.
Briefly.co.za gathered that South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, promised at least 1320 SANDF soldiers for the anti-gang initiative; however, less than a quarter of that amount have been deployed to the areas in desperate need of assistance.
However, Cele, assures that over 1000 people have already been arrested since SANDF arrived on the scene, News24 reported.
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