Army to be deployed to Cape Town crime hotspots - Cele

Law enforcement officers deployed to Philippi

Law enforcement officers deployed to Philippi

"The Western Cape has seen more than 2 500 murders over the past year, with 900 gang-related murders since January", Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said by phone.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has President Cyril Ramaphosa behind him in his efforts to put an end to violent crime in the Western Cape. In June 2018, there were 344 alleged murder admissions in Cape Town and in June 2019, there were 448.

This follows after the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for a period of three months, July to October, to the violence-plagued areas of Cape Town and surrounds.

"The South African National Defence Force will deploy a battalion with support elements during Operation PROSPER", the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

After initially reporting the deployment would begin today, the army has stalled while necessary paperwork is carried out.

The areas include Bonteheuwel, Delft, Hanover Park and Philippi East.

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On the weekend at least 11 people were shot dead in Philippi East. "It is on that score than I challenge all generals in the South African police to surrender their uniforms if this situation does not improve". "We approached the President, and the President approved", Cele said.

"We believe that by the time that time comes, we would have normalised the situation and we'll sustain that through normal policing", he said.

Known mainly for its stunning tourist attractions, including Robben Island and Table Mountain, Cape Town also has some of the country's highest murder rates.

In a report this year by the The Citizen's Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice of the world's most risky cities, the only three not from the Americas in the top 50 were in South Africa, with Cape Town at 11th overall with a homicide rate of 66.36 per 100,000 residents.

Many wealthy people live in fortified homes with high walls topped with electrical wires, CCTV monitoring and armed guards.

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