“SANDF Is Not Capable Of Brutalising Citizens”- Dep. Defence Minister

There have been several claims from the public that soldiers and police officers have mishandled people found outside of their homes during the lockdown.

"SANDF Is Not Capable Of Brutalising Citizens"- Dep. Defence Minister
Thabang Makwetla/Photo file:Screengrabs

Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla has denied allegations of abuse of power by Army- South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members during the lockdown.

He insisted that SANDF (Army) always acted in the best interest of the country.

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There have been several claims from the public that soldiers and police officers have mishandled people found outside of their homes during the lockdown.

Two weeks ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the army the green light to be deployed on the streets of South Africa to support the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“This was made to enforce regulations and guard the borders and province,” he said.

One man on Monday that he tried to collect his epilepsy medication from the pharmacy but police stopped him.

“They didn’t give me a chance to explain to them. They pushed me and harassed me,” he said.

The harassed man said he does not understand, these people are really abusing people with disabilities. He further said what does that impression give the nation?

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Makwetla said cases of abuse of power were under investigation, but that it was not the norm.

“We do have institutionally the office of the military ombud. SANDF (Army) is not capable of brutalising citizens.

He said It is obvious that where such incidents happen, they are an exception.

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