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New SANDF code of conduct spells out rules for carrying out lockdown operations

The code of conduct is aimed at ensuring that there's no unnecessary use of force from SANDF members, following allegations of heavy-handedness towards members of the public.

The SANDF took to the streets of Alexandra encouraging residents of the township to stay indoors. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – With the easing of lockdown regulations and restrictions, new rules have been introduced for South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members on how they should conduct themselves during operations.

The new guidelines detail what is expected of soldiers during incidents such as looting - people drinking in their yards and how to react when being provoked or insulted.

The code of conduct is aimed at ensuring that there's no unnecessary use of force from SANDF members, following allegations of heavy-handedness towards members of the public.

A recent judgment by the high court in Pretoria ruled that four SANDF members be placed on precautionary suspension after being implicated in [the killing of Collins Khosa](http://JOHANNESBURG – With the easing of lockdown regulations and restrictions, new rules have been introduced for South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members on how they should conduct themselves during operations.

The new guidelines detail what is expected of soldiers during incidents such as looting - people drinking in their yards and how to react when being provoked or insulted.

The code of conduct is aimed at ensuring that there) in Alexandra.

The new mission guidelines vehemently state that SANDF members have an inherit right to self-defence.

They state that during instances of looting, SANDF members can disperse the crowd by shouting, verbal warnings, and even arrest civilians – However, they cannot fire warning shots, shoot a person or get into a physical fight with members of the public.

When it comes to drinking – soldiers can ignore people consuming alcohol inside their yards and cannot enter private residences in such instances.

If provoked, SANDF members are instructed to maintain a high level of tolerance against such conducts and to avoid getting into physical fights with civilians.

Members of the public can report soldiers who violate the code of conduct at any military police station, South African Police Service station or at the office of the Military Ombudsman.