- A letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed the SANDF will be a part of daily life in SA for a while
- Costing over R640 million, more than 2 800 soldiers will be expected to be on the streets of Mzansi until late June
- This period is well past the current 21-lockdown period that has been imposed until next month
Citizens will be encountering members of the SA National Defence Force well past the initial 21-day lockdown period.
In a letter addressed to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament of the deployment.
Costing R641 200 290, a troop of 2820 soldiers has been deployed, according to the constitutionally required notice, reports News24.
The letter from the president indicates that the army's deployment will be from 26 March to 26 June:
"Members of the SANDF will be employed in all nine (9) provinces. This employment is authorised in accordance with Section 210(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and Section 18(1) of the Defence Act, 2002."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had donned military fatigues to address troops on the eve of the lockdown which aims to limit movement in South Africa and flatten the curve of infections.
Currently, the latest figures have reached over 1 000 confirmed cases, with two deaths reported in the Western Cape.
During the lockdown, only essential service workers will be allowed to operate with citizens only allowed to leave their homes to purchase basic items such as food and medication.
Trips to access medical help are allowed, with employees operating during this time required to carry identification and permits issued by the government.
Anyone caught violating the regulations will be facing a fine and even possible jail time during the crisis.
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