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SANDF assist the police in fighting crime on the Cape Flats

SANDF assist the police in fighting crime on the Cape Flats

The Western Cape government says the deployment of the army to Cape Town will play an important role in helping to tackle gang violence.

Dlamini said the SANDF does not deploy without clear legal instruments in place known as "deployment papers".

Naidoo says the Summit will host 500 delegates comprising of various entities and stakeholders involved in the fight against crime.

Alan Winde, Police Minister Bheki Cele and seven other national ministers addressed the summit in Paarl on Saturday.

The deployment is for three months and can be renewed.

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The South African National Defence Force will join an operation to clamp down on Cape Town's gang infested areas on Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced on Thursday evening. It is my hope that the SANDF employment over the period ahead in areas which will reportedly include Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East, will see a major reduction in these numbers. Cele rejected the call to use the army just four days ago when addressing members of the community after the murders of 13 people last weekend. Cape Town, an global tourist destination with stunning coastal and mountain scenery, has the highest murder rate in the country, according to the latest official crime figures.

"Countless mothers have buried their innocent children and life in these communities has been a never-ending nightmare".

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday welcomed the deployment of troops to help quell gang violence in the worst affected crime areas in the Western Cape province.

Youth unemployment is over 50 percent in many poorer parts of South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world according to World Bank measurements. Mgobozi added that the preparation was necessary to ensure troops were ready before they headed into Cape Town's crime-ridden suburbs.

At least 20 people have been killed in the city since last week. But, deploying the army, which occurs regularly over the festive season when crime spikes and soldiers back up normal policing activities, is not a lasting solution, analysts said.