SA National Defence Force (SANDF) joint tactical headquarters in North West, a province largely unaffected by last month’s violent civil unrest, is proactive in preventing incidents in the province which borders Botswana.
According to a SANDF LinkedIn post, the tactical operations nerve centre in the province “notes with concern the impact looting and unrest are having on public institutions. During the ongoing Operation Prosper in North West, SANDF members are deployed in various areas to protect national key points and execute protection tasks in support of police”.
“Colonel MJ Ramakatsa, OC provincial tactical headquarters, made it a priority to move with staff members, Major DJ Coetzee and Captain TK Mogoshane, to deployment areas to ensure his troops receive the necessary support from the headquarters.”
The current deployment of 25 000 military personnel, authorised by SANDF Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa, is due to end on Thursday (12 August). Soldiers, sailors in the form of SA Navy Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) elements and SA Air Force (SAAF) air- and ground crews were dispatched to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the wake of violent civil unrest apparently sparked by the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma following him found guilty of contempt.
Only hours before she was relieved of her duties as Minister of Defence and Military Veterans last Thursday, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) paperwork was in place to reduce military personnel in unrest affected areas to 10 000.