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SANDF assisting police may lead to more Marikana’s

The Minister of police’s request that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) be deployed to assist the police in combating crime is an acknowledgement that the police can no longer control crime in South Africa, says Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.

Today in parliament, Dr Groenewald said in a member’s declaration that it comes down to the fact that crime is out of control.

“Having the SANDF assist the police is not uncommon, but it is certainly not ideal. The FF Plus wants to warn that the SANDF is not up to standard for assisting the police with crime fighting.

“Soldiers are not trained for that, they will not know what to do, and they are also not disciplined enough. Heed this warning by the FF Plus today; if the SANDF is deployed in some areas, there will not be only one Marikana, but many.

“Police members are there to protect the community. Soldiers are trained to shoot and kill people. That is the big difference between the two,” says Dr Groenewald.

 

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