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After the battalion arrived in Lephalale on 13 June, they were immediately placed under the 14-day quarantine period at the South African Military Health Services Training Centre in Lephalale.
"As is the norm during Mission Readiness Training, none of these members were allowed outside the base.
"After some members had been screened it became clear that a number of them needed to be tested. It was established that certain members tested positive for Covid-19.
"A decision was then taken for the entire battalion to be tested. Those found positive were isolated in a facility inside the base that has been specifically established and prepared for this purpose," Theunissen added.
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Theunissen said soldiers are at the coalface in the fight against Covid-19 in assisting other government departments in various different roles.
Soldiers from different units have been deployed all over South Africa and the composition of its members is not from one region.
"The SANDF will not act irresponsibly in making decisions on which elements needed to be deployed when and where.
"The SANDF would like to urge all South Africans to heed the call of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, not to discriminate against persons that tested positive for Covid-19."