10 Oct 2017, Cape Town: Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has requested the support of the SANDF in combatting crime in parts of the Western Cape and Gauteng. Mbalula says in a statement that Gauteng and the Western Cape are two of the most “crime stubborn” provinces in the country.
He says violent incidents and gangsterism have led to an increase in the deaths of innocent bystanders. Mbalula says on a recent visit to Elsies River, a community leader referred to the violence by gangs as an act of terrorism.
Mbabalula says he wants to inform the people of Elsies River that he has heard their pleas. Mbalula says although the stabilisation and combatting of criminal activities falls within the mandate of the SAPS, due to the large groupings and military training of some of the perpetrators of crime, the SANDF is requested to assist in fighting crime.
According to the statement, the following crimes are severely impacting on communities: Murder and attempted murder, robbery, assault, truck and car theft and hijacking, rape, trespassing, child abuse and neglect, abuse of controlled chemicals and drug related crimes.
“Our children have a right to grow up in a peaceful environment, and as police, we have a duty to protect that right. We will never fail our people, we will squeeze the space for criminals, and we will liberate our people from prisons of fear,” Mbalula added.