South African President Cyril Ramaphosa order the South African people to go into a 21 day lockdown on March 27, 2020. He further ordered that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) be tasked with enforcing the lockdown.
This is different from the US practice of activating the National Guard in the US. National Guard troops actually belong to the states. In order for the President of the United States to activate these troops, he must discuss this with the governor of the state and get approval. National Guard troops are considered citizen soldiers, which is different from active duty personnel. Active duty personnel are responsible for protecting the nation, and they aren’t allowed to operate on US soil. This would violate the Posse Comitatus doctrine which states US troops may not operate on American soil.
In any event, it remains to be seen how the SANDF will perform during the lockdown. There have been reports of violence so I’ll be following up this story in a future post.
SANDF gear up for support role in lockdown President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Doornkop military base near Soweto to address the SANDF just hours before they deployed to support law enforcement SANDF gear up for support role in lockdown
How did the SANDF perform on the first day? According to President Ramaphosa, it was a necessary in order to protect the South African people. To me, this is military aggression. South Africa currently has a record under the ANC led Communist government of allowing lawlessness on the part of SANDF troops, as well as the police.
It’s day 1 of the new normal – SANDF begin most important mission Ramaphosa deploys soldiers for lockdown Dressed in full military gear, commander in chief President Ramaphosa said this was one of the country’s toughest battles yet. “As you begin this most important mission in the history of our country, our country has never been through a period like this.” With the army being on the streets on Friday morning, he said he had faith they would be able to maintain law and order. “To go out and wage war against an invincible enemy, the coronavirus.” The army is being deployed as an essential service to ensure the lockdown is implemented. It’s day 1 of the new normal – SANDF begin most important mission
China’s role in South Africa causes me a great deal of concern because the Chinese always act in their best interests as a nation. When their government does something, it’s always in the best interests of preserving Communism and serving Chinese interests.
Since this disease started in China, and now China is helping her allies, I would follow the money here. I recently learned that China has threatened to withhold the ingredients from the US for US pharmaceuticals. All the essential ingredients for US pharmaceuticals are manufactured in China. I believe this will become the real crisis in the US if the Chinese government follows through on its threat to withhold those ingredients. Millions of Americans won’t be able to get their medicines. For those who choose to take medications, they could end up dead. I may not agree with pharmaceuticals. I don’t want to see this happen.
I hope that the South African people will wake up to the dangers of allowing China to have a role in South Africa.
SANDF to receive consignment of protective gear from China The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will receive a consignment of 2,000 protective eye goggles and 3,000 face and nose masks for utilisation during the national lockdown as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday from the People’s Republic of China’s armed forces. The SANDF’s chief of staff Lieutenant General Lindile Yam will receive the donation from China on Thursday which will be to aid the various members of the SANDF directly involved in supporting governments efforts during the 21-day lockdown of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The protective gear will be donated during a scheduled acceptance ceremony to start at 3.30pm at the South African Military Health Services medical depot in Pretoria. The depot is in Dequar Road, the same street as the South African Air force and SA army headquarters. SANDF to receive consignment of protective gear from China
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