The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says the frustration of the people of KwaZulu-Natal is understandable following delays to bring relief to flood victims in the province. Many communities and political parties have raised dissatisfaction regarding the pace at which the relief efforts and recovery missions are moving. At least[…]
LOCAL President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that he has extended the deployment of the South African National Defence Force to assist police fight crime and maintain law and order in the country from August 13 to September 13. In a letter to the National Council of Provinces, Ramaphosa says the extension[…]
EFF leader Julius Malema says alleged killers in Phoenix, north of Durban, are being handled with kid gloves by authorities at the expense of the poor and defenceless. Malema told the SABC on Sunday he was shocked by the alleged conduct of the military in the area. “Murder has been[…]
President Cyril Ramaphosa says over 130 murder cases are being investigated following the violent looting and vandalism incidents in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Friday night, saying that the unrest was pre-planned and orchestrated by individuals seeking to destroy the nation’s constitutional order. The SANDF has been[…]
The Garden Route District Municipality’s Disaster Management Centre has requested that the SANDF be deployed in the region. This as Covid-19 infections are still rising sharply, especially in the George area. The District’s infection rate has doubled in the last month, with George having 1800 active cases. Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp[…]
The auditor-general is investigating how the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) imported a dubious and unregistered Covid-19 drug, at a cost of more than R200m, despite a warning against its use by a top government advisory committee. So far, only one patient is known to have been treated with[…]
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament of his decision to extend the deployment of 20 000 soldiers, a drop from 76 000,until September 30 to help enforce COVID-19 restrictions as the country reported its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases. Ramaphosa first deployed 2 820 members of the[…]
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has called for thorough investigations to be conducted in cases where people have died in police custody, or shortly after being assaulted by law enforcement agents, and for the investigation into the death of Collins Khoza in Johannesburg to be reopened. Police officers or soldiers involved[…]
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[…]
The entire SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been put on standby. The deployment of more than 73 000 SANDF members will include medical personnel and it might include field hospitals, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said when she addressed the Joint Standing Committee on Defence about the[…]
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