The South African National Defence Forces (SANDF) in partnership with city law enforcers and the police have started patrols in Western Cape so as to make sure that people adhere to covid-19 regulations.

A company of about 170 soldiers has been deployed to the province for at least a month to help provincial administration enforce lockdown regulations.

Meanwhile the military medics are also expected to take up assignment in rural hospitals this week. The corona virus is gathering pace in the western cape, an urgent military assistance was requested. On the eve of the province’s peak the military rolled in.

In operation with city law enforcers and the police on the first night of patrol, the Defence forces maintained a presence in Kraaifontein, Samora Michel and Mitchels Plain.

However about 40 soldiers are set to move on to help disaster management authority next week while skilled army medics will report for duty in overburdened hospitals.