"They did some raids with the anti-gang unit and the local police", Kader Jacobs, chairman of the Manenberg Community Policing Forum, which helps crime prevention in the working class Manenberg suburb, said of the army deployment.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are to be on the streets for at least three months to boost the city's struggling police force under the order authorised by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
High levels of bloodshed this year in mainly poor majority-black and mixed-race areas prompted a provincial official last month to liken the situation in parts of the Western Cape province to a "warzone", with some 2,000 people killed since January.
"So we citizens can live safely and especially our kids, who are dying like flies here in Hanover Park and so many other areas of the Western Cape", Faure said.
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Nadia Hopley, 36, an unemployed mother of four, said she hoped that the army's presence would make the area safer for children. Our reporter Mariska Botha is there and we cross to her now. It was called out this time to respond to a spike in violence in recent months in the sprawling townships of the Cape Flats area, one of the most risky places in South Africa. "We must stand with the army to take our community back", Jantjies told the AFP.
Famous for its unbelievable tourist attractions, including Robben Island and Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the deadliest cities in South Africa with 3,674 murders recorded in Western Cape past year, according to official police statistics.
There is an entrenched gang culture with thousands of young men belonging to street gangs with names such as Hard Living, Sexy Boys and Young Americans.
There have been concerns over a delay in sending troops into the Cape Flats.