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The Army will be among us for a long time, experts say

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The deployment of soldiers on the streets of South Africa expires at midnight on Friday in terms of the Defence Act, but is likely to be extended until the end of the year as Covid-19 infections soar.


23 Jun 2020
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The Army will be among us for a long time, experts say

Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) pass a butchery as they patrol the streets of the Johannesburg CBD, 1 April 2020, during a nationwide lockdown. South Africa's lockdown imposes strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Picture: Michel Bega

Troops are likely to be on the streets for the rest of the year as Covid-19 infections soar, with experts saying it was only logical for President Cyril Ramaphosa, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, to extend the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) disaster deployment. In a letter dated 25 March, Ramaphosa informed Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise the SANDF was given orders to be deployed from 26 March to 26 June. The current deployment of about 2,800 troops to preserve life, health or property in emergency or humanitarian relief operations in terms of the Defence Act expires...

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