Constitution does not allow soldiers to do ordinary policing - law expert

Constitutional law expert, Professor Pierre de Vos, says the Constitution does not allow soldiers to do ordinary policing.

De Vos says soldiers can only be deployed under exceptional circumstances or to protect the country against international counterparts and external threats.

Last night President Jacob Zuma announced that 441 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers will be deployed to Parliament to help police maintain law and order when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday evening.

This can be easily looked as an intimidation tactic, and that's not good for democracy.

Professor Pierre de Vos, constitutional law expert

And there is a question whether the President complied with his constitutional duties to inform Parliament for reasons why this deployment was necessary.

Professor Pierre de Vos, constitutional law expert

De Vos says Saps has a top notch Tactical Response team that has all the necessary skills and unless there is a genuinely perceived credible security threat, this militarisation of the parliamentary precinct is unconstitutional.

Listen to the full interview below for more information...


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