The South African military has announced that it will deploy troops to assist police during the nationwide demonstration next week, which is demanding the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The protest comes amid adverse economic conditions, power cuts, and high unemployment rates in the country.
The South African Defense Force has been commissioned and empowered to assist the police in maintaining order during the demonstration.
In addition, soldiers will be deployed to handle situations that are beyond the control of law enforcement.
President Ramaphosa has responded to the protest, stating that regime change can only happen through voting and not anarchy.
The president has come under criticism for the country’s economic downturn, ongoing power cuts, and rising unemployment.
The deployment of troops to the protest has raised concerns among some South Africans, who fear that it could lead to a violent crackdown on demonstrators.
However, the government has assured citizens that the military will only be used to maintain peace and order.