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SANDU HQ, Pretoria, Wednesday, 28 June 2017


The South African National Defence Force Union (SANDU) has taken note of the latest recommendations by the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC) regarding salary adjustments for members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

The DFSC correctly points out in its report that, due to the fact that the salaries of SANDF members are directly linked to the ranks they hold, stagnation in salary occurs and that thousands of members are affected by this phenomenon. Thousands of SANDF members have been 'trapped' in the pay scales of their ranks due to non-promotion, to the extent that they continue to lag in their pay scales for a period of anything between 5 to 25 years. SANDU's demand has always been that, in order to cure the situation, rank and pay should be de-linked.  This demand was already raised by SANDU as far back as 2005 at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Defence, who rejected it. In addition, the Department of Defence steadfastly refused to concede the matter which then morphed into one of the reasons for the well-known 2009 protest march at the Union Buildings. 

The gist of the recommendations by the DFSC is that the salaries of military personnel, who have 15 years or more continuous service in one rank, should be adjusted to a salary level of the next military rank's pay scale. The only motivation for the limitation of this recommendation to this category of SANDF members seems to be that the DFSC had a set budget from which it was compelled to tailor-make some sort of restitutionary recommendation. Ironically, the DFSC has operated the past 4 years on a R32m budget, only to inform soldiers that there are fiscal constraints (to a limit of R84m) to extensive salary improvements.

The recommendation is unfair and unequal to the thousands of members trapped in the cycle of pay stagnation between their 4th and 14th year in their ranks, and who experience exactly the same prejudice in pay and pension as the category singled out for restitution by the DFSC. The DFSC can neither offer a cogent explanation as to how it arrived at the 15 year criteria nor how it arrived at what would constitute affordability in making the recommendation. The DFSC can also not explain why SANDU, and thus thousands of SANDF members directly affected in this matter, have been ignored. Clearly the recommendation as well as the process by which it was arrived at, is arbitrary, unilateral, unlawfully discriminatory and unfair. 

The DFSC has recklessly disregarded the legal requirements incumbent upon it, in that it has failed to engage with SANDU as a legitimate interested party despite the Defence Act clearly requiring the DFSC to do so. In this failure it has also acted unlawfully in bypassing the legitimate representatives of unionised soldiers in the SANDF, the impermissibility of which is trite law in South Africa through legal precedent.

Unsurprisingly, SANDU has been inundated with furious reaction from the rank and file of the SANDF members who have been disregarded by the DFSC and severely demoralised by the DFSC's unfair conduct. Ironically, the DFSC was originally created in an attempt to curb SANDF members' dissatisfaction with pay and conditions of service. The latest recommendation and conduct of the DFSC has had the exact opposite effect. It now stands accused in he eyes of thousands of soldiers as a puppet of the Department of Defence, constrained by its master into contriving badly constructed so-called solutions to serious pay questions of soldiers while completely ignoring the constitutional rights of those soldiers to representation by their unions. A DFSC beholden to the authority of the Department of Defence, which it is expected to advise independently, lacks all credibility. The only thing achieved by the DFSC’s reckless behaviour is to raise the collective wrath of ordinary soldiers, thus impeding the effective functioning of the SANDF through demoralisation.

The fact is that SANDF members are still worse off in terms of the way their pay scales versus rank operates in comparison to the rest of the Public Service and more particularly the SAPS. Yet, the SANDF is always the first to be called when the SAPS, almost 3 times the size of the SANDF, fails to perform its functions properly. There exists absolutely no reason why SANDF members should be worse off than the SAPS as far as pay progression and scales are concerned.

In this regard SANDU notes that the DFSC also recommends that a new pay dispensation for the SANDF be introduced within the next 24 months. SANDU will direct its lawyers to demand from the DFSC an undertaking to engage SANDU in such a process, failing which SANDU will take the requisite legal action against the DFSC. SANDU will also demand from the Minister of Defence that she complies with previous court orders in favour of SANDU, to at the very least consult with us prior to determining the salaries and conditions of service of SANDF members and comply with a constitutional court order to establish the Military Arbitration Board where pay and service disputes are supposed to be adjudicated. Should the Minister fail to adhere to such demands, SANDU will not hesitate to take the appropriate legal action.



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

Adv JG (Pikkie) GREEFF



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.