Zuma deployment of soldiers at SONA 'absolutely shocking' - union

2017-02-07 21:47
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Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Union (Sandu) says the authorisation of 441 soldiers to assist police in “law and order” activities for the Opening of Parliament was unpresidential and indicates the political abuse of the South African National Defence Force. 

“This is absolutely unpresidential and it shows the lack of confidence they have in the South African Police Service,” Sandu national secretary Pikkie Greeff said.

Greeff said it was "absolutely shocking" that Zuma would deploy so many soldiers. 

“It is not an emergency situation and it should not be happening at all. It is rather shocking and inappropriate,” he said. 

The presidency said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the SA National Defence Force members will be working in cooperation with the South African Police Service “to maintain law and order during the Opening of Parliament where the President will deliver the State of the Nation Address 2017”. 

The SANDF will be deployed together with the police from 5 to 10 February. 

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