South Africa extends army’s Cape Town crime crackdown Sep 17, 2019 0 518 12345 AFPCape TownSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday extended by six months the deployment of South African troops on the streets of Cape Town’s townships as part of a campaign against a surge in gang violence and murders.In July, around 1,300 soldiers from the South African National Defence Force were deployed to back up police in the gang-afflicted Cape Flats areas surrounding the coastal city. While the government has called the operation a success, some Western Cape provincial officials have questioned the efficiency of deploying the army to fight crime on the streets.“I can confirm that the president has granted extension of the defence force in the Western Cape in support of the police for the next six months,” Department of Defence spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said.The mission had authorised the troops to be withdrawn on September 16 after a two-month period of ‘Operation Lockdown’. The new date of withdrawal has been set for March 31, 2020. Cape Town, an international tourist destination with stunning coastal scenery, and its surrounding areas, have one of the highest murder rates in the country.According to the presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko, the decision was based on an assessment by the South African Police Service together with the department of defence on the success of the operation. RELATED ARTICLES US hints at military response to Saudi oil attacks; Iran hits back Sep 17, 2019 0 365 Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit Sep 17, 2019 0 279 Hong Kong legislator calls for probe as police justify firing live rounds Sep 17, 2019 0 1134 Houthis threaten new attacks on Saudi oil sites Sanaa: Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened Monday to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away. “We assure .. Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel Reuters DUBAI Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on .. Israeli activist admits to EU embassy vandalism Tel Aviv: A well-known right-wing activist said she has been given a two-week restraining order after she vandalised the office of the EU’s embassy in Israel with red graffiti on Sunday night. Sheffi Paz, who is a vocal .. East Libya forces carry out air strike on central city and widening front Reuters BENGHAZI Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted an air strike on the central city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict engulfing the .. N Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in letter SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic ..