CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Monday crime levels in the Western Cape were stabilising amid the deployment of the military around Cape Town and the police were committed to reducing these further.
Cele said the successes of Operation Lockdown, the code name for the deployment of the military around Cape Town, included the arrest of 806 wanted criminals and the apprehension of 20 notorious gang members.
"On the gang front, we continue making inroads in dealing with gang violence, currently 20 members of a notorious gang are before the Western Cape High Court. They are charged in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act," he told a media briefing in Mitchells Plain.
Police and military have confiscated 45 firearms, 1,036 rounds of ammunition, 78 knives and an assortment of drugs, the minister said.
He said it was still "early days" in terms of the intervention but also cautioned that the deployment of the South African National Defence Force was a temporary measure, and said police had to prepare for the aftermath of the military assistance.