South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Spokesperson, Sphiwe Dlamini has sought to downplay reports that some of the soldiers have been using excessive force against members of the public to enforce the 21-days nationwide lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on security forces to act within the law at all times.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she believes that the 21-day national lockdown will yield positive results in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Security and defence experts are calling on people to refrain from disobeying safety orders from members of the South African National Defence Force, who have been tasked to support the SA Police Service when the national lockdown takes effect.
The South African National Defence Force and residents in villages near the border with Zimbabwe have welcomed plans to rebuild the border fence.
As the issue of repatriation of foreign nationals from China grabs the headlines in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent in the wake of the spread of COVID-19, there are some important lessons that can still be drawn from events 102 years ago in 1918 when an earlier epidemic, of so-called Spanish flu, arrived in the country.
The number of South Africans who have tested positive for the coronavirus in South Africa has now increased to seven with four additional cases confirmed.
South Africans, residing in the Chinese city of Wuhan, say they’re waiting in anticipation for communication from government – on details of when and how they will be evacuated from the region.
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, says some South African students trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the corona virus outbreak, have now opted to stay instead of joining the team that will be repatriated soon.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) plane that has been identified and prepared to repatriate South Africans in China remains grounded.