On Tuesday night, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released a statement saying that he has requested the assistance of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight high levels of crime in Gauteng and Cape Town.
Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, says that in any democracy deploying the army to police the citizenry is something that you want to postpone for as long as possible.
What do you think? Do you think the current high levels of murders and crime justify deploying the army in the affected communities? Are you afraid of the risks that come with such a move?
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