The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has given president Cyril Ramaphosa until close of business on Tuesday to clarify the deployment of soldiers to violence hotspots.

In an urgent letter from the EFF’s lawyers, sent last night, the party asks the president to clarify the legal basis for the deployment of the national defence force, the powers the soldiers will have at places of unrest and a copy of an agreement between the South African Police Service and the SANDF.

The party says this is to ensure that South Africans don’t go through the trauma they went through at the start of lockdown in 2020 when the army’s deployment left several people dead.

Addressing the nation on Monday night, Ramaphosa announced that government is mobilising all security resources to restore order to the areas affected by violence.

Protestors have been taking to the streets in the last few days, demanding the release of former president, Jacob Zuma, after his incarceration last week. The demonstrations have morphed into mass looting and vandalism, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.


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