- DA leader John Steenhuisen has posted a letter, allegedly from President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking for the number of available soldiers in the Covid-19 fight to be increased exponentially
- The letter states that an additional 73 180 members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) must be made available
- Ramaphosa said the additional members will be employed until 26 June 2020
DA leader, John Steenhuisen, has posted a letter addressed to MP Cyril Xaba from President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The contents of the letter state that 73 180 more soldiers will be deployed to assist in police in the Covid-19 fight, at a cost of cost of almost R5 billion.
The soldiers will be deployed until 26 June, 2020.
The letter states, "On 25 March 2020, I authorised the employment of 2820 members of the SANDF for a service in co-operation with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS). I have decided to employ an additional 73 180 members of the SANDF, consisting of Regular Force, Reserve Force and Auxillary Force. The revised expenditure expected to be incurred for the employment of members of the SANDF is R 4,590,393,940.00."
People are worried that this deployment of extra soldiers until the end of June could mean that lockdown will be extended until that time.
One tweep wrote, "John, we cannot allow them to carry on with these ridiculous lockdown rules (that) are destroying the economy. By June, there will be nothing left."
The country is currently in lockdown until the end of April, following a two-week extension.
This evening, President Ramaphosa announced grant increases and other relief measures that are designed to help struggling citizens and businesses.
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