Cape Town - Table View residents were left confused when the army rolled into the neighbourhood without explanation.
Police were tipped off about an illegal abalone operation in Raats Street.
The police swooped in but minutes later so did the army, creating a stir among baffled residents.
SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi told Weekend Argus the army was contacted by the police to assist in the operation, which included the Maitland flying squad and saw the seizure of 4600 units of dry abalone and six bags of frozen abalone valued at R1.2 million.
But residents said the operation caused “mayhem”.