Largest deployment in SA history under way as Ramaphosa authorises 73,000 more troops


Largest deployment in SA history under way as Ramaphosa authorises 73,000 more troops

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members earlier than their deployment forward of the nationwide Covid-19 shutdown, Pretoria, 26 March 2020. Picture: GCIS

A letter to the joint standing committee on defence means that there will probably be a huge deployment of troops on to South African streets till 26 June.

The letter signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has authorised the deployment of 73,180 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help the SA Police Service, an enormous improve on the mere 2,280 troops already deployed.

The letter suggests these troops have been authorised to be deployed from 2 April already. If certainly they do take to the streets, it would massively improve the capability of the state to restrict the motion of residents, which has been blamed for the continuing unfold of the virus.

At an estimated value of R4.6 billion, the deployment is nearly your complete defence drive’s workers complement and would come with common, reserve and auxiliary forces.

The transfer is already being seen as an indication {that a} “onerous lockdown” may very well be prolonged indefinitely.

The chairperson of the joint standing committee of defence Cyril Xaba confirmed the authenticity of the letter to Information24.

Ramaphosa was to deal with the nation on Tuesday evening to debate the additional measures from authorities towards the Covid-19 epidemic.

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