Parliament welcomes SANDF deployment in battle against COVID-19 coronavirus


The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has welcomed the deployment of the South African Defence Force (SANDF) during the 21-day lockdown operations as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March.

As directed by the President, the SANDF will support the South African Police Service (SAPS) in ensuring that the measures announced to disrupt the chain of transmission of COVID-19 are implemented.

The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Cyril Xaba, said the committee is pleased, and whole-heartedly supports the decision taken by the President. He further drew attention to the importance of supporting the brave men and women who have been mandated with such an enormous task.

Xaba said: “We call on all South Africans to fully cooperate with the directions of our troops. These troops, along with health workers, members of the SAPS, emergency personnel and all those on the list of essential services who will be exempted from the lockdown are serving the country at the risk of their health and their lives to ensure that millions of South Africans are saved from infection.

There are no words to describe the gratitude owed to them, as citizens we need to play our part by fully cooperating with the measures imposed,” said Xaba.