SA is growing more and more unstable.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) asserts that should President Cyril Ramaphosa assure the deployment of troops to help the police manage additional disturbances, it would be to protect life, health, and property rather than be "against people." The SANDF made its announcement on Monday in reaction to a warning directive from the defense force that had been leaked the day before, which warned that troops might be required "to fulfill their secondary mission... to support or collaborate with the South African Police Services (SAPS)".
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According to the letter, "the situation in the Republic of South Africa is progressively evolving into instability due to border crime, which has been aggravatingly exacerbated by a perceived lack of action from security officials to combat criminality." For this reason, the SA Army Infantry Formation has been instructed to maintain a 25-hour state of readiness in case the SAPS need their assistance or cooperation.
According to Brigadier General Andries Mahapa, a spokesman for the SANDF, this was an internal document for planning and coordinating purposes. According to Mahapa, the document was leaked on social media and ended up in the incorrect hands, where it is claimed that it was misconstrued in light of the warning and operation order. He asserted that the SANDF, as a security group, was concerned about the volatility and wanted to calm the situation and protect the public.
The chief of the SANDF "would like to highlight that should the deployment of the SANDF be permitted, it is primarily for the prevention of life, health, and property [and] not against individuals in South Africa," as stated in Section 201(1) of the Constitution.
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