Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has welcomes the announcement by Police Minister Bheki Cele that the President has authorised the employment of the SANDF to the worst affected crime areas in the province.
Speaking at a media briefing after he tabled his budget vote in Parliament, Cele said President Cyril Ramaphosa had approved a request for the deployment after he sat down with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
This was part of "extraordinary" measures to be deployed following a bloody weekend in the Mother City's townships where at least 13 people were killed in several shootings in Philippi East over the weekend.
"We are working on the matter of deployment. We have mentioned the places that we'll be sealing them off," Cele said.
Communities and the Western Cape Government have been calling for the army as a peacekeeping and stabilisation force for several years, as crime and gangsterism have spiralled out of control.