The South African Police Service and the National Defence Force will be deployed from midnight on Thursday to support and enforce the national lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national lockdown to be enforced for 21 days to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The SAPS and SANDF will be helping to ensure compliance with the restriction of movement measures to be implemented according to the National State of Disaster and lockdown.
The president addressed the SAPS and called upon the men and women serving to be supportive, assist, guide and lead the way for the public.
“I send you off now to go and be amongst our people, I send you to conduct service amongst our people and shower our people with guidance, advice and leadership right now in the Republic of South Africa.”
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Police are being deployed to enforce the national lockdown starting at midnight. The army will be helping to make sure that people stick to the regulations. President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the SAPS before their deployment. #21dayLockdownSA #StayHomeSA #TheLead pic.twitter.com/C3oehZq2Qq
— eNCA (@eNCA) March 26, 2020
They are going to be doing their part so let’s do ours
Not only the police/military but docs/nurses, cashiers at supermarkets etc
Let’s keep them and their families in our prayers
— Alyssa (@lyssalikesnoone) March 24, 2020
In other news – DJ Tira follows Somizi’s footsteps, buys street vendor’s fruits & veggies before the lockdown – Watch
Some few days ago radio and TV personality Somizi Mhlongo shared a video in which he encouraged people to support street vendors by buying their stocks before the lockdown as they will be greatly affected, than the supermarkets that will be able to survive.