The SANDF members will be deployed to the four hotspot areas:
- Nelson Mandela Metro;
- Buffalo City Metro;
- OR Tambo district; and
- Chris Hani district.
Mabuyane said they will be based at Dora Nginza, Livingstone, Frere, Nelson Mandela Academic and Frontier, Komani and Tower hospitals to respond to outbreaks and provide other specialised health care services.
“The death of our people is the most painful reality that we wished would never happen, but the virus is hitting us hard right now and it is hitting in our families, where it hurts the most,” he said.
“It is relentlessly taking the lives of parents, colleagues, friends, wives, husbands, children, relatives and elders of our community at a rate that requires adjustment of plans to stop the loss of lives.
“We do not want the number of casualties to rise into thousands, as we have seen in other parts of the world.”