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Ramaphosa to Spend Nearly R500 Million on SANDF Deployment to Fight Crime

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SANDF Commander in Chief President Cyril  Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has recently announced a massive deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist the police in fighting crime across the country. With an allocated budget of nearly R500 million, this operation, named Operation Prosper, aims to tackle various criminal activities that have been plaguing the nation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa salutes SANDF for their selflessness

President Ramaphosa salutes SANDF for their selflessness

The primary objective of this deployment is to protect essential infrastructure such as Eskom power stations from acts of sabotage. This move comes as no surprise considering the dire power crisis that South Africa has been facing in recent years. By allocating a substantial number of soldiers to safeguard these power stations, the government hopes to deter criminal elements from hampering the country’s energy supply.

Furthermore, the SANDF will also be targeting other criminal activities, including construction mafias and illegal mining operations. These unlawful activities have not only been detrimental to the economy but have also posed significant risks to public safety.

“The expenditure expected to be incurred for this deployment amounts to R 492 143 296. The president set out the employment in a letter to the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Amos Masondo.”

The deployment is set to last from October 2023 to April 2024, and it will require close collaboration between the SANDF and the South African Police Service.

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