- ANC MP Thabo Mmutle has praised the "good work" done by the SANDF amid the 21-day lockdown
- He says they are in support of the soldiers' work despite the ouctry from members of the public
- Videos of the soldiers forcing civilians to do physical exercises have surfaced on social media since the lockdown started
There's been a huge public outcry about the way the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) treats civilians during the ongoing 21-day national lockdown.
With all the criticism that the soldiers have been getting from all corners of the country, the ANC in parliament believes they are doing a great job.
TimesLive reports that ANC MP Thabo Mmutle said the ANC component of the parliamentary committee that oversees the department of defence has been closely monitoring the "good work" done by the SANDF members.
"We are in support of our soldiers to continue with the good work that they are doing in assisting South Africans during this pandemic."
The soldiers have been deployed to enforce the lockdown regulations. The lockdown is one of government's initiatives to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Briefly.co.za has seen some of the videos where some civilians have been forced by the soldiers to do push-ups, squats and frog jumps.
Mmutle said they support defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's message to the deployed soldiers to desist from using excessive force against citizens, TimesLive reports.
"The reality we have witnessed over the few days is that our people find it difficult to comply with the regulations and the SANDF is assisting them to comply. The videos making rounds on social media attest that in most, if not all, of those videos, it is our people who are assisted to be disciplined in order to save their lives."
Briefly.co.za reported that Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the Gauteng provincial legislature Makashule Gana also praised the SANDF tactics.
"This is the best way to deal with them. People must learn to listen and STAY home. What's so difficult with staying home."
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen doesn't support Gana's views on the matter.
"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."
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