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SA lockdown: Brace for strict enforcement

The message is clear: Don’t go out. The Justice and Security cluster told the South African public there will be no jogging, no walking of dogs, and no sale of alcohol during the national lockdown.

Police Minister Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has again outlined places that people will be prohibited from visiting in the next three weeks. Cele has warned that those who break the law will face fines and even prison sentences.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the army will help ensure those within and outside South Africa adhere to the shutdown.

Members of the army will be deployed from Thursday evening to help the police enforce the shutdown and ensure security is upheld.

In other news – The role of SANDF during lockdown

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.  Read more

Source: eNCA


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