SANDF will be spending 3 months in the streets of Cape Flats

SANDF soldiers

SANDF soldiers

"We have mentioned the places that we'll be sealing them off", Cele said.

"Things are moving", said the SA National Defence Force as troops from around the country arrived in Cape Town on Friday to support a planned police operation to rid crime-ridden suburbs of gangs and criminals.

Cape Town, which is the South African murder capital, has experienced a recent increase in the homicide rate.

Early in July, the Police Minister returned to the city and visited the Philippi are on the Cape Flats, where 13 people were killed in one weekend.

For months, community policing forums have been calling for the deployment of more police officers to areas severely affected by gang violence.

We welcome the employment of the SANDF in areas of the Cape Flats from tonight, as authorised by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to stabilise communities that have been ravaged by a major spike in gang activity and crime.

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After the situation in the Western Cape reached an alarmingly serious and fatal point, it was announced that the South African National Defence Force will intervene. Cele said the 'intense deployment of the military would last three months.

"We'll go door to door, we'll collect every illegal firearm, we'll collect all criminals that we want, we'll collect all outstanding criminals that have been on bail and that is happening from two o'clock this [Friday] morning", Mr Cele told the media. Cape Town, an worldwide tourist destination with stunning coastal and mountain scenery, has the highest murder rate in the country, according to the latest official crime figures.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party, which has governed the Western Cape since 2011, welcomed the temporary military intervention saying it was long overdue.

As the SANDF awaits its "deployment papers" so that everything is legally above board, the SAPS has been meeting in Paarl at a provincial crime summit.

Gangland murders is completely out of control in Cape Town.

Similar to Los Angeles, there is an entrenched gang culture with thousands of young men belonging to street gangs with names like "Hard Living" and "Young Americans".

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