President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) will remain deployed in Western Cape for the next six months, to alleviate horrific crime rates.
SANDF: The original deployment was scheduled to end on Monday
The presidency mentions that the army’s deployment was scheduled to end on Monday, 16 September, as it has been two months since the original authorisation.
“Members of the regular and reserve forces of the SANDF will undertake operations in cooperation with the police, and will support the prevention and combating of crime and maintenance and preservation of law and order in the Western Cape.”
Western Cape Premier requested an extension for the army’s deployment
The army’s extension also follows Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde’s request that the SANDF deployment in the province be extended, on condition that shortcomings will be addressed.
The premier acknowledged the role SANDF’s deployment played in the province and wrote to Ramaphosa requesting an extension with pre-conditions stipulated.
Some of the army’s extension conditions detailed by the premier are:
- Clear indicators of success which include measurement tools, to be put in place to measure the impact of the deployment.
- A blended strategy compiled by the Western Cape Government which will facilitate a combination of law enforcement, between SAPS and SANDF.
- A synchronised response effort from the local, provincial and national government.
- A problem-oriented approach where particular crime types are examined and law enforcement responses are customized to areas, based on needs.
- Criminals and criminal gangs must be given clear messages that they are under scrutiny and that any acts of violence, will be met with increased law enforcement.
Western Cape premier is weary with the increasing murder rate
In recent crime statistics released by the Minister of Police and South African Police Services, Western Cape continues to top the charts in horrific crime statistics which reveal that 18,9% of South Africa’s murder rate is generated from the province, despite Western Cape only contributing to 11.6% of South Africa’s population.
Premier Winde noted that the murder rate increased by 6,6% and is deeply disheartened by the scary statistic, as increasing crime in the province continues despite South African National Defence Force deployment into the Cape Flats.
“Of these, 47% of incidents occurred in just 10 police stations. The murder to population ratio in the Western Cape is 60 per 100 000 – almost double the national average.” Premier Winde