UN Human Rights Office highlights ‘toxic lockdown culture’ in SA

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office says South Africa has created a “toxic lockdown culture” through heavy-handed and aggressive implementation by law enforcement. On Monday, Georgette Gagnon, director of field operations and technical cooperation for the UN Human Rights Office, highlighted a “highly militarised” law enforcement response to Covid-19[…]

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SANDF to deploy more soldiers across the country

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it will deploy members from its Reserve Force to complement contingents deployed across the country in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the SA Military Health Service will deploy Reserve Force doctors, nurses and operational emergency care practitioners.[…]

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First lockdown arrests made as police raid taverns and clubs

Several people have been arrested for allegedly disregarding South Africa’s lockdown rules that officially kicked in at midnight on Thursday. SABC News reported that the South African Police Service (SAPS) raided taverns and clubs where people were gathering and drinking in the early hours of Friday morning. Last week, President[…]

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Ramaphosa officially deploys army as lockdown is hours away

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially deployed members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support the police throughout the 21-day national lockdown that will come into effect on midnight Thursday. He earlier announced that the country’s number of confirmed cases now stands at 927. This is 225 more[…]

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SANDF repatriation mission departs for Wuhan

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the military well in their mission to bring 122 South Africans back home from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan. An SANDF team has embarked on a flight from OR Tambo to Wuhan to bring the South Africans home. Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mhkize[…]

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