South Africa’s army was last deployed to tackle Cape Town’s gangs in 2017 [File: Schalk van Zuydam/AP]

Authorities in South Africa will deploy the army to parts of the Western Cape province, including the port city of Cape Town, to help police battle a surge of gang-related violence in its poorer neighbourhoods.

The defence ministry announced in a statement on Friday that troops would be sent to the “worst-affected crime areas” for at least three months from July.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said the deployment will take place at a later date and not on Friday as the ministry had announced.

“It will go ahead as soon as we have all the necessary paperwork in order,” SANDF head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini

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