South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops have officially been deployed and will continue operations indefinitely in Manemberg, Western Cape.
The deployment comes after the go-ahead was given for the army to intervene in the area a week ago.
Residents have reacted with smiles after months of gang violence which left many people dead.
Ray White on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and SANDF spokesperson brigadier general Mafi Mgobozi.
Winde says it took a long time for the SANDF to get to the area because he presumes it was a political announcement ahead of the action.
Today I will be meeting the joint operations command and I had a briefing from the provincial commissioner. Everyone has been anticipating this and I am happy that it is now on the ground.— Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape
Mgobozi says he can confirm that soldiers have been patrolling the Western Cape from Thursday afternoon.
The plan is going very well, and our soldiers are on the ground, and we are there in support of the police. Whenever you see them you will also see us.— Brigadier general Mafi Mgobozi, Spokesperson - SANDF
Listen below to the full interview: