- SA Army chief General Solly Shoke will apply a zero-tolerance approach during the remainder of the lockdown
- Shoke addressed soldiers on Wednesday at a send-off in Pretoria
- The military boss emphasised that soldiers should not allow the public to test their patience or to disrespect them
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the 21-day lockdown and called on the SAPS and SANDF shortly thereafter.
The police officers and soldiers were meant to ensure that law and order is maintained, but reports of excessive force have come to the fore.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that police officers are facing three murder charges in addition to other serious counts, as a result of alleged use of excessive force.
The counter-argument is that members of the public are deliberately disobeying the rule of law and making things impossible for those in authority.
In light of this, SA army chief Gen Solly Shoke recently told soldiers to abide by the law, but to adopt a zero-tolerance approach in terms of disrespect.
Shoke said, "We shouldn't allow people to test the patience of our soldiers because nani nizalwa umfazi siyafana (we are all the same), you're human beings, you deserve to be respected."
SowetanLIVE reported on Shoke's address to the soldiers at a send-off in Pretoria.
The military boss added, "A citizen takes a beer an pour it at a soldier and expect that soldier not to react, that's undermining authority to the best, that one we are not going to tolerate it. Soze sivumele abantu ukuthi badelelane (we are not going to allow people to be disrespectful)."
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