Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been briefed to keep everyone out of the streets during the 21-day lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, which will be effective from midnight on Thursday to curb the spread of COVID-19.
During his announcement, Ramaphosa announced that the military will be deployed to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) to make sure the lockdown is a success.
Minister Mapisa-Nqakula says citizens should not be worried about the presence of the army on the streets, they have been trained in human rights.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Mapisa-Nqakula says she hopes South Africans will not push the president to go beyond the national disaster.
South Africans should take responsibility for their health and their families. The visibility of law-enforcement services should send a message to South Africans that it is not business as usual.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence Minister
The instruction is very clear, we don't want to see South Africans in the street except for those on essential duties. There will be no application of force here.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence Minister
Those in the frontline will be on protective gear and those who will be deployed on a daily basis will be checked before they go.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence Minister
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