Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly authorised the deployment of 2 700 military personnel to help police in preserving law and order until March, at a cost of R233 million.
This is Ramaphosa’s latest deployment of the troops, and according to EWN, it comes as calls mount for effective security at state institutions.
During the July unrest last year, Ramaphosa deployed 25 000 soldiers in the affected provinces – Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
He extended the deployment from August 13 to September 18, with only 10 000 soldiers on the ground.
The latest deployment came into effect on December 18, 2021 and will be in effect until March 18, 2022.
According to News24, the deployment is in co-operation with the police to prevent and combat crime and for the preservation of law and order within the country.
Initially, the soldiers were deployed to monitor toll roads and toll gates throughout the holiday season before being assigned to a supportive role, Times Live reported.
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