Move follows thousands of deaths in Cape Flats, but critics say it will not address causes

Soldiers have began patrolling poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Cape Town in a controversial move aimed at curbing gang violence.

The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, signed off last week on the decision to send the army into the Cape Flats, a sprawling area of townships that is a legacy of the repressive and racist apartheid regime’s policy of separating white and non-white communities.

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