sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) could be patrolling SA’s well beyond the current 21-day lockdown period.  

That was indicated in a letter President Cyril Ramaphosa sent on Wednesday to the speaker of the National Assembly, informing members of Parliament of the deployment of SANDF members.  The president disclosed that 2,820 soldiers had been deployed in all nine provinces.  The president is constitutionally required to give Parliament notice of the deployment of the SANDF, including reasons for the action, the period and location of deployment, as well as the number of people who will be involved.  In his letter, Ramaphosa advised that the army's deployment would be from 26 March to 26 June.  On Thursday, while addressing SANDF personnel, the president "ordered" the army to go out and serve the people of the country with respect and responsibility, urging soldiers not to be heavy handed when dealing with citizens.

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