- A female soldier penned a touching letter and addressed it to South Africans
- The brave young woman touched on her background and the sacrifices being made during the lockdown
- She urged her countrymen to comply with the rules and stand together
The lives of all South Africans have already been impacted by the coronavirus and the nationwide lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa called in the South African National Defence Force to maintain law and order for the duration of the isolation period.
Unfortunately, many have come to view the soldiers in a negative light, but Miyelani Biancaa Mathebula provided a different perspective.
The female soldier took to the #ImStaying Facebook group and shared a touching letter addressed to all South Africans.
"I am a soldier, but I am a mother too.
As from Friday morning for the next 21 days I will be in and out of my house, exposing my son to the element's that we are trying to protect you from by asking you to stay at home.
I am a soldier, but I am a daughter too.
My mother does not have the luxury of keeping me safe at her home and looking after me during this time. There will be times that I can't answer her calls or reassure her that we are fine.
I am a soldier, but I am a sister and a friend too.
I cannot pop in by my brother and friend's houses for the next 21 days to make sure they are ok or that they have everything they need.
I am a soldier, but I am a person, a human, with hopes and dreams for the future, hopes and dreams for my daughter, fears for her safety, fears for her health.
I am a soldier, I have been told that my Corp is not as competent as it should be, I have been told my Corp is lazy and that we don't meet competence levels. I am also part of the lowest paid government department employees. And now, I, the soldier will be placed in situations to safeguard the rest of the county.
I am a soldier
I have loved one's
I am loved by other's
My life matters
I am trained to follow and execute orders
So if it is not absolutely necessary for u to be out in public, stay at home so that those of us that don't have a choice can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe too.
To all DOD members I salute u brothers n sisters. U are the brave. To all first responders, SAPS, medical staff and all other's who will be providing essential services in actively controlling n manning this shut down, this is it, this is what we were born to do. Stay safe. We got this."
Briefly.co.za noted the overwhelming response, as nearly 20 000 people liked the post.
Lindiwe Miya said,
"We salute you cc and all your department. We are proud to have people like you and your colleagues. May God keep you and protect you as you protect us in the name of Jesus. We are praying for all the frontline workers."
Letson Kamwana added,
"We will pray for you. Well done and faithful servant."
Sharon Linde responded,
"May the Blood of Jesus protect you as well as Psalm 91. Thank you for being a great soldier."
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