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South Africa locks up work-shy soldiers

Published on 30/11/2012

South Africa's army has decide to lock in soldiers who work at its headquarters in Pretoria to prevent them from skipping out before shifts are over, local media reported Friday.

Following complaints about empty workplaces on certain weekdays, new regulations have been introduced to curb absenteeism, according to the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper.

Officers are permitted to leave work early on Wednesday and Friday to practice sport, but investigations showed most did no physical activity.

The three entrance gates are now locked in the morning and a stampede of soldiers rushes out when they reopen at 4:00 pm, the paper reported.