SANDF deployment costs on Cape Flats not high - military expert

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The decision was made to deploy South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers into violence-riddled Cape Flats communities in Cape Town was given the green light last week. This follows eleven people shot dead in Philippi East, seven murders in Delft and two in Hanover Park in the last two weeks.

But what are the costs of SANDF deployment?

Kieno Kammies speaks to Helmoed Heitman, military and defence expert regarding the costs of SANDF deployment to the Cape Flats.

If you use the military correctly, in support of the police, then it can work. As long as we understand it is just an Elastoplast put over a problem to buy time. It doesn't solve the problem.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence expert - Jane's Defence Weekly

It allows time for the crime and intelligence units to investigate those responsible for the crimes in these areas "and pull them out of the system", he says.

If they do not do that while the army is there, then it is a bit of a pointless exercise.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence expert - Jane's Defence Weekly

Heitman says the cost to the taxpayer should not be high and will only involve transport and catering costs for the troops as well as a deployment allowance.

We're talking millions, not hundreds of millions.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence expert - Jane's Defence Weekly

He says more of an issue is taking troops away from the SANDF's other task of patrolling the countries borders

There are not enough infantry to do that...and more reservists may have to be called up.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence expert - Jane's Defence Weekly

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