Article by: Dumisane Dube
The cabinet has taken a decision to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in places mostly affected by the violent protests.
The widespread protests, have resulted in the looting and torching of shops in most parts of South Africa.
According to the cabinet, SANDF soldiers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to assist law enforcement agencies in managing the situation.
“The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received… to assist law enforcement agencies deployed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces respectively to quell the unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days,” SANDF said in a statement.
According to General Mafi Mgobozi the deployment will commence as soon as all deployment processes are in place.
“It must be emphasized that the SANDF`s deployment objective is to provide safety and a safe working environment for members of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies whilst they carry out their Constitutionally mandated law and order duties,” added Mgobozi.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is also expected to address the nation Monday at 8pm regarding the protests.
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