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MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE SA NATIONAL DEFENCE UNION
SANDU HQ, Pretoria, Thursday, 23 March 2017

THE MINISTERIAL REPLY REGARDING THE SANDF INTIMIDATION & DUMPING OF FURNITURE AT NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO OFFICES

SANDU has noted the reply by Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula to the parliamentary question relating to the above matter.

The Minister’s reply reveals distortions of fact by the Minister as well as acts of criminality by members of the SANDF.

The first distortion is that the furniture dump was pursuant to an eviction. The fact is that the eviction in question was overturned for unlawfulness by the Eastern Cape High Court days later. By omitting this fact the Minister is distorting the truth.

Secondly, the Minister’s version that the evictee requested the furniture to be dumped at the municipal offices is a blatant misstatement of fact. The evictee never made such a request and the fact that the High Court ordered the return of the furniture to the evictee’s house bears this out. 

Thirdly, the Minister’s suggestion that the soldiers involved in the eviction were armed as per “army doctrine” is equally untruthful.

The fact is that there is no so-called army doctrine governing evictions from army quarters and certainly none which involves using soldiers, armed or unarmed, to affect same. The SANDF is subject to the same laws governing evictions as every other South African and the fact that the Minister apparently attempts to deny this is absolutely disgraceful.

On the Minister’s own version in her reply, at least 4 crimes were committed by members of the SANDF during this entire fiasco:

  • The fact that the Officer Commanding, one Col Pakhati, ordered the unlawful eviction, the illegal dumping of the furniture, and armed the soldiers under his command for the purposes of carrying out his orders, amounts to a clear transgression of the Intimidation Act 72 of 1982.
  • The facts that the SANDF trespassed on Municipal property and illegally dumped the furniture are crimes in themselves.
  • The Minister’s apparent attempt at justifying the ramming of a municipal vehicle by a military truck is a blatant disregard for the fact that a crime of malicious damage to property was committed.
  • The overall intimidating attitude and demeanour displayed by armed SANDF members in public and at the Municipal Offices, is yet another transgression of the Intimidation Act 72 of 1982.

The response by the Minister displays a shocking inability on her part to grasp the grave implications of state authority, and in particular Military authority, using armed intimidation against the civilian society.  The Minister is in fact, by her ill-advised response, shamefully protecting thuggery under the guise of military authority.

SANDU demands that the SANDF immediately suspends Col Pakhati, the Officer Commanding involved, pending the finalisation of the ongoing SAPS investigation.

SANDU awaits the outcome of same investigation and vows to ensure that the Officer Commanding will be charged and prosecuted, along with whoever engaged in acts of intimidation.    

 Adv JG (Pikkie) GREEFF
NATIONAL SECRETARY: SANDU

IMPORTANT NEWS!!

Were you found not guilty in the Heidelberg trial for the Union Buildings incident of 2009?

Were you involved in the PI at Zeerust for the same case but then had the charges against you withdrawn?

If you fall into any of these 2 categories, SANDU can assist you in suing the Department of Defence for damages to your career.

All you have to do is print the attached questionnaire, fill in all the details, and FAX it to our head office at 012 344 1705 or scan and mail the completed document to sandulegal@gmail.com

Adv JG (Pikkie) GREEFF
NATIONAL SECRETARY: SANDU

 


BREAKING NEWS: NEW AND EXISTING SANDU MEMBERS CAN NOW PAY MEMBERSHIP FEES VIA DEBIT ORDER FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!

SANDU is proud to bring the soldiers of the SANDF a new membership initiative! All members, including those wanting to join South Africa's biggest Military Trade Union SANDU, can now pay membership fees BY DEBIT ORDER!

The fees are broken down as follows:

R26 administration fee (once off).

R85 pm thereafter.

Benefits of joining SANDU and paying membership fees via debit order are as follows:

  1. Your membership deductions are taken from your bank account and no longer from your salary via the SANDF.
  2. You become an exclusive Soldiers Legal Guard (SLG) members. This benefit covers the legal costs and expenses of all SANDU members, should you require a lawyer to represent you in litigation proceedings.
  3. As a SANDU member you now have the benefit of professional, countrywide, debt negotiators who will restructure affordable lower payments to your creditors, leaving you with enough money to pay for your everyday essential living expenses. No more aggressive phone calls from credit departments, no more lost income due to unlawful Emolument Attachment Orders (garnishing orders). No more sleepless nights wondering what will happen to your family when you are not there. This means you will become financially independent the smart way and earn the respect of others. Our highly trained professionals will help you manage your creditors and plan your future. You can enjoy the full protection of the law within 5 working days after a short consultation with our experienced and accredited professionals.

Please note that, along with the SANDU Debit Order form, a SANDU Membership application form MUST be filled in by new SANDU applicants.

Current SANDU members may now switch to the debit order system by indicating at the bottom of the debit order form that they wish to do so.

Membership application and debit order forms can be downloaded here.

DONT DELAY! JOIN SANDU TODAY! THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU!