PHOTOS On Lockdown With the South African National Defence Force

“People emerge from their homes as the big military machines roll by. It’s more of a parade than a patrol. It’s something to look at and they’re bored. Loudspeakers blare words of warning: ‘Wash your hands, stay one meter apart…,’ as kids climb over each other to get a better view.’ Tom Brown goes on patrol with the SANDF in Diepsloot and Alexandra, Johannesburg, in the wake of reports of disproportionate force being used in the enforcement of the lockdown.

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SANDF member using a loudspeaker mounted on the hood of a ‘Mamba’ to communicate lockdown regulations to the public at Alexandra mall, Johannesburg. Photos: Tom Brown.
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Inside a ‘white’ Mamba, previously deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the UN peacekeeping mission and now patrolling Alexandra Township.
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A stream of pedestrians pass by SANDF/SAPS members on patrol in Diepsloot. Without automobiles many people are forced to walk. Discerning between those out to buy essentials and those in contravention of the lockdown is complicated.
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Many soldiers patrol with a balaclava-type scarfs covering their faces. It offers some protection against contracting/spreading the virus.
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Soldiers wave to residents on patrol in Diepsloot. Again, the loudspeaker is used. Occasionally we stop. Someone has caught the eye of the soldiers and they engage in logical personalized pleas.
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As the convoy turns the corner, residents emerge to watch the last of the procession – Diepsloot.
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Soldier tends to his rifle while waiting for a patrol to begin.
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Mamba armoured vehicles, an intimidating sight.