Videos: SANDF, cops force Soweto residents to exercise as punishment

Videos: SANDF, cops force Soweto residents to exercise as punishment

- South Africans have taken to social media to criticise the SANDF and the police for using excessive force amid the 21-day lockdown

- The law enforcers can be seen on videos forcing residents to frog jump and do push-ups

- The lockdown is due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country

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Videos of the SANDF and cops forcing Soweto residents to exercise as punishment for not adhering to the 21-day lockdown rules have flooded social media channels.

Many citizens have criticised the soldiers and the cops of using excessive force since the videos and pictures of residents being forced to exercise have surfaced.

South Africans have taken to social to express their views on social media, with many condemning the use of force by soldiers and cops.

Social media user @ProsperShezi posted this video below.

Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the provincial legislature in Gauteng Makashule Gana has been slammed for his comment on another video where soldiers and cops can be seen forcing residents to frog jump.

"This is the best way to deal with them. People must learn to listen and STAY home. What's so difficult with staying home."

In response to Gana's comment, @keke4nene posted a video of the soldiers beating up a resident while a few police officers looked on.

@dougieoakes commented:

"Makashule, aren’t you a member of the DA. @jsteenhuisen I hope you’re not in favour of people being humiliated like this."

@C_Massala said:

"Some people don't have a home to stay, imagine 10 people living in a shack. You sitting in a comfort of your house and typing nonsense."

@AlastairMcA30 commented:

"This is an abuse of their powers and the men involved should be immediately disciplined."

@realNeoM said:

"I’m really not surprised that you hold this view Makashule. I’m not. Once all of this is all over, one of the many highlights to reflect on will be the true character of our leaders. You’ve exposed yourself."

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When asked whether he supported Gana's views, DA leader John Steenhuisen wrote:

"I absolutely am not. Arrest them, charge them, take them into custody, fine them but the rule of law and bill of rights must apply at all times. We are a constitutional democracy."

Gana did not back down. He wrote:

"People must stay home. We can't encourage bad behaviour from our people and disrespect the law enforcement."

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