Manuel compared the behaviour of law enforcement under the pandemic to that of the apartheid military.
This after the death of Alexandra resident Collins Khosa, who died after an altercation with soldiers and Johannesburg metro police at his home in Alexandra in April.
SowetanLIVE reported that Khosa's family have approached the high court in Pretoria seeking to have the soldiers and metro police who were there disarmed and suspended.
“Nowhere under apartheid emergency regulations would we tolerate that kind of thing,” Manuel said.
“The voices that spoke out against apartheid were largely about the abuse of soldiers."