Defence pressure commander-in-chief President Cyril Ramaphosa says 10,000 soldiers will remain on SA’s streets till mid-September, within the wake of recent violent civil unrest.
In a letter to National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo, dated August 10, Ramaphosa states that the deployment will arrive at a cost of factual bowled over of R255m.
Ramaphosa had initially deployed 25,000 soldiers from July 12 to August 12. The prolonged deployment — albeit at less than half the original quantity of boots on the bottom — kicked in from August 13 and will race to September 13.
According to the president, the soldiers will work with police “within the prevention and combating of crime and preservation of law and reveal” across the nation.
“The expenditure expected to be incurred for this prolonged employment is R254,914,500,” Ramaphosa wrote.