The government took to Twitter to publicise a statement from the presidency, which sees the SANDF being recognised for the essential services provided during the lockdown.
The government took to Twitter on Monday, 22 February 2021, to issue a statement acknowledging the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) role in ensuring compliance with COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. The post was shared to honour the force, as today marks Armed Forces Day.
According to the statement, “The SANDF undertook mercy missions to repatriate our citizens abroad, who were fearful and wanted to be reunited with their families. The SA Army Engineers Corps helped deliver clean drinking water to vulnerable communities. What touched us perhaps the most as the nation, was the sight of SANDF members helping the elderly to carry their groceries, walking alongside young people making their way home, and many other instances that showed our armed forces at their best.”
The image painted by the statement is a stark contrast to what has been said about the SANDF in recent months. After the deployment of members of the SANDF to patrol townships and ensure adherence to the regulations, there were allegations of mistreatment of citizens.
See the post below.
[Read] President Cyril Ramaphosa says the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been essential to national efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus @CyrilRamaphosa @PresidencyZA #COVID19 @SANDFCorpEvents https://t.co/io3NfhLa8Z pic.twitter.com/JMDYD5rsC9
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) February 22, 2021