Minister to probe abuse at army base

2015-02-05 16:01
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Picture: AFP)

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Allegations of abuse at the army's infantry school near Oudtshoorn will be swiftly investigated, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

"Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula would like to send an unequivocal message that any form of abuse around military bases would not be tolerated," spokesperson Joy Nonzukiso Peter said in a statement.

She said there were claims of army recruits being abused at base.

"Minister Mapisa-Nqakula condemns, in the strongest terms, the physical and psychological mistreatment of recruits. Furthermore, the minister has vowed to ensure that strict action is taken against perpetrators.

"The most recent claims will receive priority for investigation," Peter said.

She said last year military ombudsman Temba Matanzima launched an investigation into complaints by soldiers.

Recommendations were made after the probe.

"The recommendations were then handed over to the Chief of the South African National Defence Force for implementation. Accordingly, the recommendations contained in the report have since been implemented," said Peter.

"It is against this backdrop that Minister Mapisa-Nqakula is utterly disenchanted with the recent allegations of physical abuse and verbal assault at the aforementioned school."

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