The situation in SA is growing increasingly tumultuous.
South African National Defence Force (SANDF) asserts that if President Cyril Ramaphosa authorizes the deployment of troops to help police in managing any protests, they will not be "against civilians." "To fulfill their secondary mission... to help or collaborate" with the South African Police Services (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) issued an announcement on Monday in response to a leaked defense force warning order from the previous day.
"The situation in the Republic of South Africa is progressively turning towards instability owing to border crime, which has been aggravated by a perceived lack of action from security officers to combat criminality." A 25-hour stand-by order has been sent to the SA Army Infantry Formation in case the SAPS requires their assistance or participation.
This was an internal SANDF document for planning and coordination purposes, according to SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Andries Mahapa He claims the document was leaked on social media and ended up in the wrong hands, where it was read incorrectly in regard to the warning and operation order. He said that the SANDF, as a security group, was concerned about the instability in order to calm the situation and protect the population.
"The deployment of the SANDF is primarily for the prevention of life, health, and property [and] not against individuals in South Africa," according to Section 201(1) of the Constitution.
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