Weekly News Brief


- iafrica.com | 7 months ago

It’s been exactly a week since the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was deployed to Cape Town communities to address the scourge of gang violence.

On Thursday 18 July, more than 1,300 soldiers hit the streets of Hanover Park, Delft, Elsies River, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg, some of the 10 neighbourhoods Police Minister Bheki Cele identified when he announced the deployment a week earlier. These communities are among the worst affected by gang-related murders and violent crime, and over the past few months, they have turned into something akin to a warzone.

In another development, the South African Policing Union this week also said that policing laws regarding the discharge of firearms should be amended to protect officers.

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