Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are on the streets of Alexandra are on Wednesday encouraging residents of the township to stay indoors.
They’re going door-to-door and handing out pamphlets while also telling those roaming the streets to stay at home.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 15, 2020
Alexandra is one of the areas where government has experienced challenges in terms of getting residents to adhere to the lockdown regulations.
“Let’s work together and stay home,” that’s the message the army is advocating in the streets of Alexandra.
They have a large contingent of soldiers on foot, and in vehicles ensuring no one is on the streets unnecessarily.
However, the message seems to be falling on deaf ears as locals can be seen outside their homes.
The army said it was in the township to help defeat the coronavirus and not to harm or kill South Africans.
WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH CITIZENS
SANDF Chaplin Monwabisi Jamningile said the army was not at war with citizens but with COVID-19.
Jamangile said they were in Alex to protect people and not to harm them.
“Please, we have come here to help you, stay indoors. This thing is dangerous.”
The army has faced criticism for using excessive force.
Jamangile said they were not brutal enforcers, who some made them out to be.
“That’s not our job, our job is to come and say stay in your yards and give out the necessary information.”
The army said it always acted within the law just as their training had taught them to.
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