sandf thumb medium90 89Independent News reports that the behaviour of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members during the country's nationwide lockdown has come under scrutiny, with videos surfacing on social media showing soldiers allegedly abusing their power.  

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the military ombudsman to investigate the cases that have appeared on social media.  In one video, a man is seen being forced to do squats and push-ups with soldiers watching on.  Other videos have shown soldiers using force in admonishing people who were in their yards.  There have also been complaints on the difference in treatment of people living in townships and those who live in the suburbs.  The DA said the behaviour by SANDF members was disgusting and should be condemned.  The party’s Kobus Marais said he had written to the military ombudsman General Vusi Masondo to request an investigation.  The party has also written to Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.  “I also engaged the acting Chief of the Army, Major General M.J. De Goede, who confirmed that the matter had been registered for investigation. We trust that this investigation will be transparent and that the SANDF and SAPS members involved will be held fully accountable for their deplorable behaviour,” Marais indicated.

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