CAPE TOWN- Police Minister Bheki Cele has again reiterated that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will not be deployed to Western Cape communities.

Cele earlier on Thursday briefed the media on the successes of the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the challenges experienced with Operation Thunder.

The call to have the army deployed in gang ridden areas come from Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, the call has become frequently from the DA in the Western Cape, as the ruling party they have struggled to tackle the issue.

Operation Thunder is an initiative launched in May to focus on murders, taxi violence, political killings, cash-in-transit heists and armed robberies.

Cele said that SAPS still facing other crime related challenges but they are turning the tide on crime.

“If we need numbers to increase, those are the police numbers we need. We don’t need members of the SA National Defence. The SANDF is not trained in policing, [they’re] trained on the army situation.”

Maimane lead a march in Maneberg to Ngyanga calling for soldiers to be deployed.

Photo Credit- EWN

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