Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba says police should effect swift arrests following Thursday’s violent scenes in the Johannesburg CBD where illegal vendors hurled stones at police vehicles.
Police have stepped up patrols in Delft on the Cape Flats following the fatal shooting of a police constable.
Police Minister Bheki Cele’s Spokesperson Reneilwe Serero says the deployment of the army to the Cape Flats is by no means an admission that the police have failed to do their job.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says its operation to assist the police in fighting crime on the Cape Flats will be known as Operation Prosper.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says he will ensure that seized and surrendered firearms will be destroyed regularly, to prevent them from being stolen from police storage facilities.