The South African Defence Force (SANDF) says its members have had to complete "mission readiness training" before they can be deployed to gang-ridden areas in Cape Town.
Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced plans to have the army assist police after months of carnage on the Cape Flats.
Despite reports that they would be deployed at the weekend, SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi says the training is meant to help members understand the rules of engagement.
He says they are now finalising plans around the army's deployment.
Before we can deploy we need to go through that process. They need to get orders before they can be deployed.— Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, Spokesperson - SANDF
If we just throw our soldiers in those areas we will be making a big mistake because if something happens, the board of inquiry will come back to us and say did we do the mission readiness training.— Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi, Spokesperson - SANDF
I can assure you that in a very short time we will be there in the streets.— Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi, Spokesperson - SANDF
Mgobozi says their main function is to support police.
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