South Africa will shortly deploy a battalion of soldiers to help police quell a surge in violence in gang-infested parts of Cape Town, a step normally only taken over the Christmas and New Year period when crime spikes in poorer neighbourhoods.
This includes a station commander and a head of visible policing.
Police Minister Bheki Cele, during a debate on the SA Police Service budget in the National Assembly on Thursday night, announced the SANDF would join a large police contingent to be deployed to several policing precincts.
eNCA speaks to Albert Fritz, the Community Safety MEC in the Western Cape.
General Solly Shoke, chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), said the military "will deploy a battalion with support elements during the operation".
During a media briefing following the debate, Cele said he would be addressing a large contingent of officers at 2 am on Friday morning ahead of their deployment.
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Police Minister Cele told parliament yesterday: 'The recurring scenes of scattered dead bodies in the streets of Phillippi, Mitchells Plain and Nyanga are unbearable.
Last weekend, 13 people were killed in 24 hours in Philippi. "This means that many of our most vulnerable residents in the province are living in a war zone", Fritz said after more than a dozen murders over one weekend last month.
"We believe that by the time that time comes, we would have normalised the situation and we'll sustain that through normal policing", he said.
As soldiers prepare to enter gang-ravaged communities in Cape Town, crime-stopping organisations are demanding that a state of emergency be declared in areas with the most gang-related violence.
Many wealthy people live in fortified homes with high walls topped with electrical wires, CCTV monitoring and armed guards.