IN PICTURES: SANDF deployed in Cape Town

A member of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) approaches a group of people as he patrols in the streets of Hanover Park on July 18, 2019.

A member of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) approaches a group of people as he patrols in the streets of Hanover Park on July 18, 2019.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force has started carrying out searches in Manenberg.

That's after they were deployed on Thursday evening following a surge of shootings, gang violence and murders in Cape Town's crime-riddled townships.

READ: SANDF deployed in Cape Town townships

The soldiers are there to support the police and are expected to remain on the ground for no more than three months.

Members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Hanover Park on July 18, 2019.

Members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Hanover Park on July 18, 2019.

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At least nineteen rifles were stolen from the Lyttelton military base in Pretoria.

File: At least nineteen rifles were stolen from the Lyttelton military base in Pretoria.

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Residents look on at members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Hanover Park in Cape Town.

Residents look on at members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Hanover Park in Cape Town.

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Members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Manenberg in Cape Town.

File: Members of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) patrol a street in Manenberg in Cape Town.

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The SANDF has been deployed in Manenberg in Cape Town on Thursday.

The SANDF has been deployed in Manenberg in Cape Town on Thursday.

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The fire was extinguished by Base Fire Services and Tshwane Fire Services, preventing further damage to other vehicles and equipment.

The fire was extinguished by Base Fire Services and Tshwane Fire Services, preventing further damage to other vehicles and equipment.

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File: The establishment of a ministerial task team on sexual offences is aimed at stopping abuse within the SANDF.

File: The establishment of a ministerial task team on sexual offences is aimed at stopping abuse within the SANDF.

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At least nineteen rifles were stolen from the Lyttelton military base in Pretoria.

File: At least nineteen rifles were stolen from the Lyttelton military base in Pretoria.

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A woman carries a child through a broken gate as members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) patrol in the streets of Hanover Park, among inhabitants, on July 18, 2019.

A woman carries a child through a broken gate as members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) patrol in the streets of Hanover Park, among inhabitants, on July 18, 2019.

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