Army deployment in Cape Town still going ahead, but not on Friday - SANDF

2019-07-12 14:00

The South African National Defence Force has confirmed that the deployment of the army into gang-infested areas on the Cape Flats will not go ahead on Friday, but will still go ahead as soon as feasible.

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12 Jul 14:59

PICS: Heavy police presence in streets of Philippi ahead of army deployment

Police patrol the gang-ridden streets of Philippi ahead of South African National Defence Force's deployment to help clamp down on Cape Town's gang infested areas. 

(Credit: Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)


12 Jul 14:23
SANDF head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini told News24 on Friday that the deployment is still definitely going ahead, but it won't be on Friday.

"It will go ahead as soon as we have all the necessary paperwork in order," Dlamini said.

12 Jul 14:14

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi has confirmed the deployment of the army into gang-infested areas on the Cape Flats will not go ahead on Friday.

Mgobozi told News24 that the order to send the army, announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele during his budget vote speech in Parliament on Thursday, would no longer proceed on Friday.

He could also not confirm if it would be going ahead on Saturday, and did not give any reasons for the delay.

Cele told Parliament on Thursday that President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the green light to the request to send army personnel into 10 precincts in the Western Cape known for its high attempted murder rates.

The deployment is meant to last for three months.

It remains unclear when the SANDF will arrive in the Cape.


12 Jul 12:57
"We must move off our couches to the floor. There's no (safety) on the bed or couches anymore," a resident said. (Maxine Becket, News24)

12 Jul 12:55
She says there is too much corruption. "Who can we trust?"

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12 Jul 12:51
She says shortly after a candle lit Virgil was held last night gunshots were fired.

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The residents says stray bullets penetrated the walls of her flat on 3 different occasions in the past 3 weeks. (Maxine Becket, News24)

12 Jul 12:42

12 Jul 12:39

12 Jul 12:34

This is where the army will be deployed in Cape Town

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will help the police contain gangsterism in the Western Cape's 10 police precincts with the highest attempted murder rates.

The 10 precincts identified by Cele are:

 - Bishop Lavis;

 - Mitchells Plain;

 - Delft;

 - Elsies River;

 - Nyanga;

 - Khayelitsha;

 - Mfuleni;

 - Philippi;

 - Kraaifontein;

 - Manenberg.


12 Jul 10:46

News24 understands that the army will be deployed to certain areas after 14:00.

More to follow.


12 Jul 10:05

EXPLAINED: The army will be deployed in Cape Town. Here are the pros and cons

In any democracy deploying the army to police the citizenry is something that you want to postpone for as long as possible. The army isn’t normally trained for such an exercise and its doctrine, training and authority structures aren’t suited to the situation. Army members are trained to go to war. There is therefore always the danger that when soldiers are deployed in communities for long periods of time that there will be certain violations.

Army members can, for instance, find themselves in a situation where they have to stand in as proxies for the police, in which case they have to apply police rules such as the use of minimum force and following the correct procedure during an arrest.


12 Jul 09:28

15 arrested in Cape Town anti-crime swoop

Fifteen people, included eight suspects on the most wanted list, were rounded up in a pre-dawn anti-crime operation in Steenberg outside Cape Town on Thursday, the police said. 

"Steenberg residence woke up to a heavy police presence in the early hours of this morning," said spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana. 


12 Jul 09:22

12 Jul 09:21

'I could hear the gunshots from church' - Philippi mom who lost daughter in deadly shootings

The last time Ernes Anderson saw her daughter was last Friday night to attend a church service near their home in Marcus Garvey, Philippi.

A short while later, her daughter Siya, 20, and five other friends were shot dead in their yard in what appears to have been a targeted hit, GroundUp reports.

"I could hear the gunshots from church but nobody paid attention until a young boy was sent for me," said Anderson.


12 Jul 09:20

Cele, Sitole brief officers before start of Cape Flats anti-gang operation

Police Minister Bheki Cele, his deputy Cassel Mathale and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole briefed dozens of officers during the early hours of Friday morning, ahead of their deployment into Philippi East and surrounding areas.


12 Jul 09:17

News24's Maxine Becket, who is in Hanover park, says there was a heavy police presence in Philippi earlier this morning after minister of police Bheki Cele sent police officers in to the area at 02:00.

Hanover Park has since been quiet with no police convoys seen in the area.


12 Jul 09:17

Go in, arrest those gangsters: W Cape premier on military move

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has welcomed Thursday's announcement that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) would support the police's efforts to crack down on crime in the province.

"This is really great news," said Winde in a Facebook post.

"The people of this region have been calling for this for a very long time," he added, describing the murder rate as being "out of control".


12 Jul 09:17

Ramaphosa gives green light for army to go into Cape's gang-infested areas

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.

He made the announcement towards the end of his budget speech, and elaborated further at a press briefing shortly thereafter.

He said after last weekend, where 13 people were killed in 24 hours in Phillipi, he spoke with Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

They concluded: "This can't continue."

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