The security personnel have been deployed to enforce the lockdown in a bid to curtail spread of COVID-19.
Nearly 57 million people are to be confined to their homes for three weeks.
President Cyril Ramaphosa personally visited soldiers at a military base in Soweto Township prior to their deployment.
"I am sending you to go and defend our people against coronavirus," Ramaphosa said.
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