JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is providing support to the police to enforce lockdown regulations.
The deployment is said to be costing nearly R650million.
Sol Plaatje University head of heritage Studies Garth Benneyworth says the money spent is a small price to pay compared to the lives that could be lost to the outbreak.
"What is the alternative, If we look at the number of lives lost from COVID-19, the alternative is far worse. It's not possible for the police to contain the situation, the military is required."
Meanwhile, the SANDF has called on members of their reserve force to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
It says the force could help in emergency services.
The SA Military Health Service also wants to reserve medical personnel to be deployed to help health practitioners.
The army is currently providing support to the police during the 21-day lockdown.
South Africa has close to 1200 confirmed COVID-19 cases with one death recorded in the country.
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