Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to make a proposal to the provincial Cabinet later this week in which she will request that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) be deployed in crime-ridden parts of the province.
Zille’s proposal is expected to investigate the feasibility of the armed forces assisting the South African Police Service (SAPS) to combat crime in parts of the Western Cape.
Briefly.co.za learned from Eyewitness News that communities in some parts of the province are not only in favour of the proposal but have actively been calling for the army to assist with the scourge of gang and drug-related violence.
Residents in Nyanga and Philippi East have recently demanded that the army step in because they felt that police had either failed them or had been in cahoots with criminals.
Zille is expected to meet with both provincial leaders and national ministers later this week to drum up support for the deployment.
The last time the SANDF was deployed alongside police officials was when its members assisted police officers with Operation Fiela in 2015. The countrywide operation was aimed at ridding the country of illegal firearms, prostitution rings and drug dens. It was launched in the aftermath of the devastating xenophobic attacks which erupted in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the early parts of 2015.
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