The City of Cape Town on Friday welcomed the deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to gang-infested areas, but said it should have been done before "hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary deaths".
"The crime stats in these communities have truly reached a state of emergency and threaten the stability and reputation of the city as a whole," said City safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith on Friday. He said Police Minister Bheki Cele and President Cyril Ramaphosa had finally heard their calls over several years for the military to stabilise areas and assist police in curbing gang violence. but it took threats of court action and community shutdowns to get them to respond.
It would have been better for them to do the right thing for the right reason when the crisis first started, and not after hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary deaths before action is taken," Smith said.