The army will be deployed to support the South African Police Service to enforce the nationwide lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphhosa announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday. Military analyst Helmoed Heitman said the role of SANDF members could vary, depending on the assistance needed by the police. They have been talking about closing down parts of the road network, to prevent people from moving much. For instance, the army could man vehicle checkpoints.
The other stuff includes if the police have a problem somewhere and they could help them with that but it could go beyond that if there is an unrest problem then because people assume the shops will run out of stocks and they could be deployed to protect shops and hospitals”, said Heitman. Heitman said there is no reason for people to fear because the army will most likely be using minimum force.
“I would think it would be a minimum force, as normal. Bear in mind this is not a Section 19 deployment, which is in support of the police. It is also Section 18 in humanitarian aid situation. Most of their work will not include force”, he added. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
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In other news – Nomzamo Mbatha thanks President Cyril Ramaphosa for leading the way
Although actress Nomzamo Mbatha is not in South Africa currently, she applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for taking action amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mbatha who currently resides in Los Angeles, took to Instagram to share the appreciation photograph and message in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday. Along with the president’s picture, she captioned the post: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin. A luta Continua, vitória é Certa. Read more