- The taxi strike taking place on Monday has seen members of the SANDF deployed to assist the SAPS
- While citizens seemed mostly pleased to see the army helping to disperse crowds of protesters, politicians aren't so keen on the military show of force
- EFF politician Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has warned that people shouldn't be celebrating the SANDF's involvement
Members of the South African National Defence Force have been deployed as protests carried out by the taxi industry escalate.
Briefly.co.za reported that the protests were prompted by the government offering R1.1 billion to the sector to limit the impact of Covid-19. The industry is adamant that this is not nearly enough to provide relief.
With shutdown protests taking place across SA, despite Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula pleading that this is not the time for a 'war', the army was called in to assist the SA Police Service.
Economic Freedom Fighters official Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has slammed their involvement in the situation:
"We can’t celebrate the army being deployed on civilian protesters! There are absolutely no grounds whatsoever for the army to be dispersing the taxi strike. It is an abuse of power, whether you agree with the protest or not!"
The EFF has made it clear that it supports that call to increase the amount, demanding R20 000 for each taxi in SA.
Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Phumzile Van Damme echoed Ndlozi's sentiment:
"On the one hand, laws are being broken, on the other hand, we are not at war here. Why is the army being deployed to deal with criminality? A very slippery slope this."
Despite these concerns, it appears as if the majority of citizens are glad the situation is under control.
Take a look at just a handful of comments as Mzansi debates the military's presence:
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