23 March 2020 – Deployed the military to assist police in enforcing lockdown measures

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Policing and justice
Sectors Involved:
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The President of South Africa deployed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support the South African Police Service in the enforcement of the lockdown.

On 28 March the Reserve Force was called up to assist with SANDF activity. The South African Military Health Service also called up Reserve Force doctors, nurses, and operational emergency care practitioners to assist with the pandemic response.
Full details here: https://www.gov.za/speeches/president-cyril-ramaphosa-escalation-measures-combat-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-23-mar