PARLIAMENT - The chairpersons of Parliament's portfolio committees on police and defence on Friday welcomed the deployment of the army to the Cape Flats.
“What is essential is ensuring a return to rule of law and heightened efforts to rid the area of firearms, many of which are illegal. We will engage with the Minister of Police on the mechanics of the deployment, but generally we welcome the move,” said police committee chairwoman Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
The deployment of the SA National Defence Force was approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa after being approached by Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Cele on Thursday announced that the army would accompany police to "lock down" several areas and sweep them for wanted criminals, drugs and firearms.
The areas include Khayelitsha, Philippi East, Harare, Gugulethu, Mfuleni, Kraaifontein, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Elsies River and Nyanga.