- SANDF soldiers were seen singing for a 13-year-old boy on his birthday
- The heartwarming moment was caught on camera and shared via social media
- The post sparked polarised views, as not everyone agreed with their actions
SANDF soldiers have been patrolling the streets of Mzansi ever since President Ramaphosa called upon them for the nationwide lockdown.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that SA army chief Gen Solly Shoke told soldiers to abide by the law, but to adopt a zero-tolerance approach in terms of disrespect.
An ever increasing number of reports have surfaced of police officers and soldiers abusing their power.
It therefore made for a refreshing change to see those in uniform showcase their softer sides, as SANDF soldiers serenaded a 13-year-old boy on his birthday.
The heartwarming moment was caught on camera and shared by South Africa Live via Facebook.
Briefly.co.za noted the huge reaction, as more than 1 000 comments were shared.
Unfortunately, many of the comments weren't positive, as the SANDF was accused of double standards.
Many South Africans called for the same kind approach in the less-fortunate areas, as opposed to the incidents of aggression and intimidation.
Ngwako Malakalaka felt it was a case of double standards:
"Can they do this in Alexandra, I don't thimk so, and it's my daughters birthday on Wednesday at Jukskei Alexandra Township I'll also wait. That boy was supposed to be on lockdown what is he doing on the streets and why is SANDF supporting that."
Roulaine Stephenson admired the gesture:
"Happy birthday to you!This is a birthday you will be able to speak about for many years to come! And to everyone like me who are having lockdown birthdays this year.Make the most of your day and be happy!"
Vusi Dlodlo joked,
"The kid doesn't trust them.. he is eagerly waiting for the song to finish, so he can disappear. He knows what they are capable of."
Chantal Oosthuizen McIntosh, mother of the young boy, explained:
"I'm so sorry..... This was done for my little boy..... These negative comments that some of you people are doing is unacceptable. You should be very very very ashamed of yourself, sies man.....these people actually took time in their working hours to make my son feel a little more special. Thank for those who has comment positive. So much appreciated."
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