Cape Town - The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF) official two-month presence on the Cape Flats comes to an end today, but it still remains unclear if an extension will be granted.
Premier Alan Winde has requested President Cyril Ramaphosa to extend its deployment, however, Defence and Military Veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said they do not just take such decision, "because somebody is calling on us to to deploy, there has to be a proper assessment".
Mapisa-Nqakula said they will seat and assess the information on whether it should be extended of not, "I still do not know. What I know is that the army deployment is ending on Monday".
Winde said the current gang war is a crisis, and "we need to throw our full might behind every possible solution, and I therefore support the extension of the term of the deployment of the SANDF in our communities".
“We are being told that the SANDF has played a key role in Operation Lockdown so far, particularly in providing support to the police and other law enforcement operations, however, we have seen very little in the way of a decrease in violent crime. There is no doubt that the police do not have the resources to do this alone," Winde said.