Protests soldiers ordered back to units

2012-08-13 21:22
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Johannesburg - Soldiers placed on special leave after an illegal protest at the Union Buildings have been ordered back to their home units, the SA National Defence Force said on Monday.

All solider placed on special leave following the protest on August 26 2009 had to report back to their home units by 08:00 on Thursday, said Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga.

The sole purpose of the order was for the suspended soldiers to be informed of the outcome of disciplinary procedures.

"This directive does not replace the instruction placing the members on special leave," said Mabanga.

A wage protest of around 1 000 soldiers, members of the SA National Defence Union, descended into chaos when the group tried to get onto the Union Buildings property.

Police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the crowd who taunted police, threw a petrol bomb into one car and vandalised others.

- SAPA
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