Citizen Reporter
5 minute read
24 Mar 2020
6:00 am

National lockdown… and the SANDF will help ensure you stay home

Citizen Reporter

The soldiers have orders to work with the SA Police Service in support of the police’s 'primary function' – to maintain law and order.

A military vehicle arrives at the gates of the Rand Light Infantry barracks in Craighallpark, 23 March 2020. Military personnel were seen gathering ahead of a speech by President Ramaphosa in which he is expected to announce a lockdown. Picture Neil McCartney

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is preparing to deploy up to 10 companies of troops on the streets later on Tuesday, to add muscle to government efforts to enforce a clampdown on the movement of people and contain the coronavirus. On Sunday, a warning order was sent to the army to prepare soldiers from infantry battalions based in each of the nine provinces for deployment from noon on Tuesday. The unprecedented mobilisation, the first in South Africa’s democratic era, has been codenamed Operation Chariot. It involves various companies being placed under the command of regional Joint Tactical Headquarters...