The South African government has announced that it will dispatch a contingent of military personnel to the volatile Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
The country’s National Defense Force (SANDF) said the move is aimed at helping law enforcement agencies to quell unrest that has gripped both Provinces in the last few days
The conflict coming in the wake of violent protests and looting linked to the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.
“The deployment will commence as soon as all deployment processes are in place.” SANDF said
In a statement, the SANDF said that the duration and number of deploying soldiers will be determined based on the assessment of the situation on the ground by the relevant law enforcement agencies.
“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.” The national defense force indicated