- The SA National Defence Force has popped up in the Northern Cape and no one seems to really know why
- The ANC is preparing ahead of their January 8 statement in Kimberly, but have denied any involvement
- More alarmingly, the SANDF says the soldiers had no business being in the area in the first place
South African National Defence Force soldiers have rocked up in Kimberley and it seems no one has any clue why.
Soldiers have appeared, armed and in full gear, in the Northern Cape's capital city as the ANC celebrates its birthday and prepares to deliver its annual statement.
The ANC has denied any knowledge of why the deployment had arrived in Kimberley, despite top party members scouring the province.
Party spokesperson Pule Mabe had been adamant that the only security the governing party had called on was their marshals:
"Any other arrangement that does not fall within the ANC, the ANC will not necessarily be able to account for such."
Volunteers had provided for ensuring politician's safety during door-to-door campaigning in the region, something Mabe thanked them for.
News24 reports that SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini had revealed the soldiers shouldn't have been patrolling in the region.
TimesLIVE claims that the troops were only recalled after the media sent questions to the army, probing their presence in the region.
Only President Cyril Ramaphosa has the ability to authorise the deployment of troops, but the party has reported no incidents of violence or threats.
Briefly.co.za reported that an increase in crime saw the SANDF deployed to the Western Cape in conjunction with South African Police Service operations.
While the original deadline for the army to pull out of the region was meant to be in September, Ramaphosa has approved an additional six-month stay.
The community has approved the extra helping hand in the face of escalating violence in the province.
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