An SANDF member walks among a group of people in the Pietermaritzburg CBD following a looting spree that left many business burnt and closed. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA).
An SANDF member walks among a group of people in the Pietermaritzburg CBD following a looting spree that left many business burnt and closed. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA).

Mapisa-Nqakula appears before Parliament on army deployment

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Jul 18, 2021

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the top brass of the military were expected to appear before the joint standing committee on defence on Sunday to give details on the deployment of 25 000 soldiers to restore order and stability in the country.

This follows days of looting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The co-chairperson of the standing committee, Cyril Xaba, said this was an important meeting to give an indication on how the soldiers would be deployed in the hotspot areas.

Mapisa-Nqakula was supposed to appear in the committee a few days ago, but she could not sit in the entire meeting as she had to attend another meeting of the National Security Council.

The deployment of the army has been welcomed by most of the parties, who said it should take control of the streets and other key infrastructure.

“The committee welcomes the end of violence and looting and the return of calm and respect of law and order since the augmentation of the deployment. Despite this, the committee deemed it necessary that it gets an update on deployment plans, capabilities required and resources to be spent,” said Cyril Xaba.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the deployment of the army to quell the violence he said this would be for a period of three months.

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