In the afternoon of December 22, 2012, acting-president Kgalema Motlanthe and his cabinet met in Pretoria to discuss how to move the country forward in the wake of the cataclysm. By a majority vote, the cabinet agreed that the best option for South Africa was to stabilize the economy, increase agricultural output, and the assisting of displaced individuals and refugees. Literally overnight, he passed a series of directives, which includes the establishment of martial law; government confiscation of farms; ad the rationing of food and medical supplies.
The South African Army was quickly deployed into the streets across the nation, checkpoints were set up at major border crossings, and all major hospitals in the country's major cities were quickly secure. The Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo, quickly divided the country into four miltiary districts to help control any uprisings or riots easier. The four districts are:
- District 1 (Cape Town)
- District 2 (Pretoria)
- District 3 (Duban)
- District 4 (Springbok)
The South African Navy was the last branch of the military to be deployed, despite the large possibility that an invasion will likely come from the sea. Vice Admiral Refiloe Johannes Mudimu ordered the navy to watch out for refugees traveling to South Africa via boat and to escort them back to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.
The USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), along with the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), entered Cape Town on January 12th, shocking Ambassador Gips, as well as the command structure of South Africa, who had expected the United States to be destroyed by nuclear strikes or threats from surviving Russian, Iranian, or Chinese warships. Captain Ronald Reis, in cooperation with Captain Thomas Halvorson, managed to guide the Stennis and Mobile Bay through the Strait of Hormuz, evacuated the Marine detachment at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti and continue their voyage to South Africa.
Not long after the Stennis and Mobile Bay arrived in port, the USS Alabama (SSBN-731) had arrived in Cape Town on January 14th, which confirmed the nuclear destruction of Seattle, Washington and Honolulu, Hawaii. The Alabama was accompanied by the USS La Jolla (SSBN-701) and the USS Cheyenne (SSBN-773). The La Jolla and the Cheyenne were both on their routine six-month deployment, which prevented their nuclear destruction.