Approval and concern: SANDF deployment to Cape Flats gets mixed responses
Police minister Bheki Cele's announcement that the SANDF will be deployed to the crime-ridden Cape Flats has received mixed responses.
Some predict a decline in crime, while others have said it doesn't solve the root cause of the problem: poverty and economic exclusion.
Cele made the announcement on Thursday during his budget address in parliament, where he attributed the move to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to authorise the deployment of the army.
There's been a spate of violence in the past few weeks, with 11 people murdered in Philippi East at the weekend.
Using #SANDF, this is what people had to say.
Deploying sandf into a residential community is the most harmful lazy thing that could have been done— mel (@mel_sik) July 12, 2019
What is it that they failed on and they believe SANDF will be suitable for that, killing ? Which brings us back to my concern when you deploy people who are trained for war fare you are not policing but going to war.— I am HIM (@LordNtshebe) July 12, 2019
After cape town can SANDF visit Sunnyside and Hillbrow Thank You— Thabang Malaka🇿🇦 (@Tfmalaka) July 12, 2019
Very sad however I still maintain that deploying SANDF is a bad move where as we have units like TRT who I believe their mandate falls within the scope of fighting stopping gangsterism, gang violence and narcotics.— I am HIM (@LordNtshebe) July 12, 2019
We need to bear in mind SANDF is not trained on policing but military war fare hence my "mandate" question. Let's wait, see and hope for the best.— I am HIM (@LordNtshebe) July 12, 2019