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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says they have received a letter from Western Cape Premier Alan Winde where he calls for an extension of the SANDF deployment to the Cape Flats which ends next week.
A six-year-old girl has been hit by a stray bullet during a shooting incident in Lavender Hill.
Despite their limited mandate, the army has just too few soldiers to patrol the ten suburbs that are home to over 1 million people.
According to the provincial health department, the Groote Schuur Hospital trauma centre previously attended to an average of 37 gunshot victims per month. It now sees an average of 73.
The army has been deployed and efforts by the anti-gang unit to tackle crime have been ramped up but it is not enough, say moms who marched against "living in a war zone" across the Western Cape.
Any crime reduction effects from the current crackdown operation in Cape Town are likely to be short-lived unless a holistic and realistic plan to reduce crime and violence is devised, writes Guy Lamb.
The first troops of the South African National Defence Force have finally landed in the Cape Flats - with members of the army seen patrolling the suburbs of Manenberg and Hanover Park.
Thirteen new vehicles were handed over to the police in Port Elizabeth as Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane follows through on his promise to ensure the safety of residents in the province.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele conducted a walkabout through the streets of Philippi East in Cape Town where he engaged with residents, telling them that the army would be deployed in the next coming days after troops have completed orientation.
Several organisations have raised concerns about the safety of citizens as the police's Operation Lockdown gets under way in Cape Town's crime-ridden suburbs.
Two suspects have been arrested after three people were killed and several others injured in separate shooting incidents in Delft, Cape Town.
The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed the 41-year-old man found burned to death in the boot of a car in Blue Downs earlier this week was a soldier.
Given the framework within which removals under the Group Areas Act took place in Cape Town, a social disaster was inevitable.
Since the beginning of July, Bonteheuwel has seen the number of gang-related casualties brought down from an average of seven murders to one.
The Western Cape government hopes the new acting provincial police commissioner will set aside internal politicking in the police service following the transfer of Lieutenant General Khominkosi Jula to KwaZulu-Natal, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has said.
The Western Cape government is considering court action against Police Minister Bheki Cele in its battle to get extra police officers for the province, Premier Alan Winde says.
Although the army will be deployed to violence-plagued communities on the Cape Flats, the precise details of when they are expected to start work has been kept vague as part of an "element of surprise".
A young woman standing with her friends in a street in Manenberg has become the latest casualty of the gang violence plaguing the Cape Flats.
Cracking down on the Cape Flats could send Cape gangsters packing for Durban. This is not to say that enforcement can't work – only that it is hard to get right, and easy to get wrong, write Simone Haysom and Mark Shaw.
SA National Defence Force troops in Cape Town are receiving 'mission readiness training' ahead of their deployment in the city's gang-infested areas, where they will be offering support to local police efforts in combating crime.
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