President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced stricter measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
Addressing South Africans on Monday evening, Ramaphosa announced that a nation-wide 21-day lockdown would come into effect on midnight on 26 March until midnight on 16 April.
The National Defence Force will be deployed to support the South African Police Service.
With the number of people infected with the coronavirus rising sharply to 402 confirmed cases, have we now reached a stage in which COVID-19 can be declared a security thread?
Bongani Bingwa speaks to Institute of Security Studies African futures and innovation head Dr Jackie Cilliers to unpack what a national lockdown will actually look like.
The South African government has acted in an exemplary manner and the leadership we have seen from the president and the minister of health has been remarkable. South Africa is acting and I think it is acting early enough. We required urgent measures and the president gave that last night. It is up to all of us to implement and act accordingly.— Dr Jackie Cilliers, African futures and innovation head - Institute of Security Studies
He says the role of the SANDF will largely be symbolic and provide men power in support of the police.
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