With four days to go before the “employment” of soldiers in Western Cape on anti-COVID-19 duties ends, military helicopters, camouflage uniforms and assault rifles were this week seen in the Cape Winelands.
According to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) the area is a designated COVID-19 hotspot ensuring it receives “special attention” from security forces, including the SA Air Force (SAAF), SA Army, SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) and the SA Police Service (SAPS).
Soldiers are deployed to assist police in ensuring compliance with National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) national state of disaster regulations to mitigate the spread of the virus. At the same time all elements keep a watchful eye on crime and possible criminal acts.
“A 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter from AFB Ysterplaat flew troops to Stellenbosch where they patrolled the streets of Cloetesville, Smartie Town and Idasvallei. Troops were airlifted from Stellenbosch to Paarl East where they patrolled the streets in Chicago; Siyahlala – and Fairyland informal settlements; Milky Town; Klein Voorburg, Lantana, and Amstelhof. Patrols ended with a final trooping in Mbekweni,” the SANDF said.