SOUTH AFRICA- Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the South African National Defense Force members at Doornkop Army Base ahead of their deployment during the 21day lock down, yesterday.

Ramaphosa declared a national lockdown to be enforced for 21 days to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The SANDF will be helping to ensure compliance with the restriction of movement measures to be implemented according to the National State of Disaster and lockdown.

The president called the evening, the most important calling of the SANDF’s mission in his address to the members of the defence force.

He acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the lockdown and said the soldiers should be a force of assurance, not of violence.

Ramaphosa called the directive of the army, Mission Save Lives.

“This is not a moment of skop and donner,” he said while reminding the SANDF to be respectful of the people of South Africa.

The president said he expects people to be compliant with the regulations of the lockdown.