With the allocated time for the military deployment on the Cape Flats fast nearing its finish date, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said an assessment of the situation will be made before any decision on extending it is taken.
She was speaking at a Cabinet justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing in Cape Town and was reported by Johannesburg daily The Citizen as saying a request to extend the deployment had been received from Western Cape premier Alan Winde.
“We are aware the Premier of the Western Cape has written to the president and copied ministers of police and defence calling on us to extend deployment of the army in the Western Cape.
“I’m sure you know but we don’t just take that decision because somebody is calling on us to extend or even to deploy. There has to be a proper assessment of the situation which will then make a determination whether we extend or don’t extend,” she said.
She told the briefing the deployment of 9 SA Infantry Battalion, based in Cape Town, ends next week (16 September). “We will then sit and receive information whether it is necessary to continue in the Western Cape and if it is necessary based on whatever information which will come we will make a determination to stay. If not, we will withdraw.”
She added “for every deployment internally, papers are prepared, a presidential minute by the president, Parliament must be informed so the decision obviously would have to be taken as quickly as possible because we have to account to Parliament before deployment”.