GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Members of the South African National Defence (SANDF) force will arrive in the Garden Route tomorrow, 8 January, to assist the South African Police in their quest to ensure that communities comply with the adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations.
This was confirmed by the minister of police, Bheki Cele, yesterday, during his visit to the Garden Route.
Head of Disaster Management Gerhard Otto said the SANDF and police will meet to discuss particulars about their deployment.
“This intervention comes at a time when more than 350 members of SAPS are in isolation and close to 800 SAPS member in quarantine. Those in quarantine were in close contact with others who tested positive for Covid-19,” said Otto.
A total number of 40 SANDF members are expected and they will be housed in Hartenbos and Sedgefield. Otto said that he can’t confirm exactly what areas SANDF will patrol, but he suspects that it will change as time goes by and intelligence is received about areas of non-compliance.
“It is important for the public to ensure that they comply with the lockdown regulations, or else they could end up with criminal records,” said Otto.
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