SANDF to be deployed in all volatile areas - minister

2015-04-21 16:23
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Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to any region the police believe to be volatile, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

"...This deployment is not only here [in Alexandra]. You would know that it really has been very bad in KwaZulu-Natal and we are dispatching troops to KZN or they are probably there already," she told reporters in the township.

She said the state security cluster, which included her ministry, home affairs, as well as the police ministry would be "moving around to check what is happening".

"We will also find time to go to KZN. We thought we could go this afternoon [Tuesday], but unfortunately now the big boss would like to see us. So we'll probably go there tomorrow [Wednesday] after the stakeholders' meeting.

"But it is our responsibility to make sure that the entire country is okay."

She said the mandate of the SANDF was not to protect the SA Police Service, but to support it.

"We are not here to take over the work of the police. We are coming in because there is a crisis; we are coming in because the police asked us to help."

She said members of the police services across the nine provinces were on alert "so that they aren't caught off guard".

"We are deploying because there is an emergency to do so."

She said the problem of violence against foreign nationals which was rife in the country would not be solved by the police, the army or the government, but by South Africans.

"It is a societal responsibility... Do not add fuel to the fire, stop it." 

Four men appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the murder of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole at the weekend in the township.

His death was the seventh in xenophobic violence that has swept through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, displacing thousands of people.

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