Minister of Defence condemns SANDF for ‘excessive force’ during lockdown

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. (Deaan Vivier)

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence has condemned the army for making people exercise and the use of excessive force when speaking to the SABC, Monday morning.

Nqakula pleaded with the army to refrain from their use of force against citizens.

She said they should remember that their deployment was to protect the citizens in the first place.

There has been video footages circulating on social media where members of the South African Defense Force (SANDF) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) are seen forcing members of the public to exercise by performing pushups, frog jumps and rolling on the ground.

However, she has urged the public not to ‘provoke’ these law enforcers.

Further more she says, security personnel should…

“Not allow themselves to be pushed to the edge by people who are trying to prove a point.”