Government deploys thousands of soldiers for planned protest

The South African Government has sent soldiers to various parts of the country to avoid any damage to infrastructure and other key installations.

Parliament Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo have confirmed that they received a letter from the head of state that thousands of soldiers have been deployed across the country before the shutdown.

According to Parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the two presiding officers that more than 3 400 soldiers had been deployed from this weekend until April 17 and the government is expected to spend over R166 million for the deployment of the army for the period set out by the president.

“The correspondence to the presiding officers, dated March 17, indicated that 3 474 members of the SANDF have been deployed, effective from March 17 to April 17. The employment is in line with section 201(2) of the Constitution and section 19 of the Defence Act. An amount of R166 562 058 is expected to be incurred for this deployment,” said Parliament.


Done by: Alungile Njemla


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