Covid-19 update: SANDF soldier arrested after shooting man over mask

Covid-19 update: SANDF soldier arrested after shooting man over mask

An SANDF soldier has been arrested after shooting a man allegedly during an altercation over a face mask. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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An incident has shocked South Africa after a SA National Defence Force soldier was arrested for shooting a citizen.

The ordeal had taken place after the man had failed to wear a face mask while visiting a shopping complex.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in SA

Covid-19 update: SANDF soldier arrested after shooting man over mask

An SANDF official interacts with shoppers at a local centre. Image: SANDF/ Twitter
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1. SANDF official shoots man over alleged mask altercation

A soldier is making headlines after allegedly shooting a man over an argument relating to a face mask.

The victim had not been wearing one, a violation of Covid-19 regulations, and the soldier has since been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The incident had taken place at a shopping centre on Thursday according to police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, who explained further that:

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“Members of the national defence force were reportedly on duty monitoring Covid-19 compliance in the area when they approached a group of people who were not wearing face masks. When asked why they were not wearing masks, an argument allegedly ensued and one of the soldiers shot the victim. The injured 27-year-old man was rushed to hospital."

The 29-year-old soldier is set to appear in the Morebeng Magistrate's Court on Friday.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Mkhize confirmed that another spike in cases had occurred:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 655 572 with 2 128 new cases identified."

In addition to the increase in cases, Mkhize confirmed more Covid-19 fatalities, commenting that:

"Regrettably, we report 67 more Covid-19 related deaths: 3 from Eastern Cape 20 from KwaZulu-Natal, 13 from Gauteng, 12 from Western Cape and 19 from Limpopo. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15 772."
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The Minister also reported that recoveries now stand at 585 303 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,3%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the R10 million project to use 100 scooters as mobile clinics during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen Eastern Cape MEC Sindiswa Gomba taken on.

The Special Investigating Unit's special tribunal will be hearing her side of the story on Friday after financial irregularities were discovered.

Gomba had blamed apartheid for the embarrassing initiative, claiming that the pandemic had exposed the “weaknesses of our health system, and that is linked to the design of apartheid infrastructure. Our people must be dragged in wheelbarrows to access health services”.

Tribunal spokesperson Selby Makgotho who commented that the tender had been awarded in an unusual manner, continuing to say that:

“Furthermore, it is alleged that the contract was marred by irregularities and irrationality and that it was awarded in unusual and unexplained haste. It is further contended that the department, on hearing of the SIU investigations, resolved that the scooter[s] be modified and continue with the tender with Fabkomp as the service provider and that such a modification constitutes a fresh contract.”
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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