The South African government promises to make use of its National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Western Cape to further help the police in the enforcement of lockdown regulations. Some selected areas that people have refused to neglect such as beaches along the garden route will be their focus.
Dr Keith Cloete, head of the provincial health department, said on Thursday that the details of the military deployment are still being hashed out.
A video tweeted by South Africa’s police ministry spokeswoman on wednesday shows police arresting a kite surfer for breaking lockdown regulations.
Beaches in most provinces are now closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A new variant of the coronavirus is driving a powerful second wave of infections in the country.
According to Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, South Africa hit a ‘grim milestone’ on Wednesday (6 January) after it recorded more than 20,000 new Covid-19 cases in a single day.