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Kids can play in the streets now - SANDF deployment one week on

It's just over a week since the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) began patrolling some of Cape Town's most crime-ridden communities to curb the scourge of gang violence.

Troops were finally deployed on 18 July, following the 11 July announcement by Police Minister Bheki Cele.

More than 1,300 soldiers are patrolling in communities like Hanover Park, Delft, Elsies River, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg.

RELATED: SANDF explains why it took a week to deploy troops to Cape Flats

So seven days since the deployment, has anything changed for those living in these troubled areas?

Refilwe Moloto speaks to Eyewitness News reporter Kaylynn Palm who has been following this story.

She says residents in Manenberg have reacted positively to the deployment and cheered when the SANDF troops arrived.

We're not used to seeing the military on the streets...people came out in their gowns and their aprons to see.

Kaylynn Palm, Reporter - EWN

Palm says one of the most significant changes is seeing young children playing in the streets, where previously it was unsafe to do so.

It was nice to see the community standing out in the street with the kids and saying you can go and play now.

Kaylynn Palm, Reporter - EWN

In my opinion, it has been different site seeing children playing in the streets of these areas. Because growing up in Mitchells Plain, I wasn't allowed to play outside. It was odd seeing children out in the streets.

Kaylynn Palm, Reporter - EWN

RELATED: 'The plan is going very well and SANDF soldiers are on the ground'

ALSO READ: The truth about life on the Cape Flats...by the people who live there

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Kids can play in the streets now - SANDF deployment one week on


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