The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Monday confirmed that it had started preparing for soldier deployment to help police in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal deal with riots.
In a statement, the SANDF said it was responding to a request from the South African Police Service’s National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.
It said the deployment would begin as soon as preparations were complete and its mandate was strictly to help keep police safe as they carried out their duties.
“It must be emphasised 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. SANDF deployment-related information updates will follow in due course,” the SANDF said in the statement.
The exact number of soldiers who will be deployed has not been announced yet, which the SANDF said would be released after law enforcement agencies like SAPS and other police have done an assessment of the situation.