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To come out and say we are scared of going to coronavirus is an insult - SANDF

6 March 2020 1:50 PM
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The Mail & Guardian has reported that military personnel are unwilling to go and evacuate people from Wahun, China.

The South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) has denied reports by the Mail & Guardian that its members are refusing to evacuate South Africas trapped at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Wahun, China.

The M&G is reporting that defence force personnel are unwilling to man the aircraft.

It further says the military has advised against the evacuation of over 150 people in China.

The South African government made an announcement last week that it will be evacuating South African citizens that want to come home.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela, SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini says there are ready to travel to China.

There is no truth is in the article and interestingly they quoting a senior official and I wonder who the senior official is.

Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communications - SANDF

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We have been hard at work planning this operation and all logistics related to this operation. To come out now and say there is a senior official who says that our members are not willing to go to a mission they have been planning is ludacris, it's a sad thing to say.

Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communications - SANDF

Dlamini says they will be leaving soon and the aircraft has been acquired.

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We deal with serious viruses on the force and we do extensive research. To say our soldiers are scared of coronavirus without playing dump is actually sad.

Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communications - SANDF

To come out and say we scared of going to corona is an insult.

Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communications - SANDF

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6 March 2020 1:50 PM
Tags:
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coronavirus schools closed
Coronavirus in South Africa

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