SANDF had no authority to arrest during July riots: Defence Minister

In July KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng saw sporadic incidents of looting and disruption businesses premises.

FILE: SANDF soldiers patrol in Alexandra on 13 July 2021 following incidents of rioting and looting in the area. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

DURBAN - Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise said members of the South African National Defence Force had no authority to make arrests during the unrest.

Modise gave testimony at the South African Human Rights Commission into the July Unrest in Durban on Friday.

In July KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng saw sporadic incidents of looting and disruption businesses premises.

Although soldiers were deployed they were supporting police.

"And that is why they will always be in support of the police. Which means that where they are deployed, for instance if a police officer is within range it is the police officer who will give the instruction, it is the police officer who will arrest".

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