Cape Town – Despite the announcement last Thursday by Police Minister Bheki Cele that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers would be deployed to the Cape Flats to assist the police, by late yesterday afternoon there were still no troops.
Speculation that military boots would be on the ground last night into this morning was heightened after SANDF spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi said he was hopeful that President Cyril Ramaphosa would sign the army’s deployment papers by the end of the day.
Mgobozi said: “Our soldiers are in Cape Town already. We are waiting for deployment papers. Once we get them, we will be able to deploy.
“We are hoping that it will happen by the end of today.”
The speculation was fuelled by the fact that Ramaphosa was appearing in Parliament for his presidential Budget vote debate.