Soldier dies when parachute fails to open
Bloemfontein - A member of the SA Army Air Defence Artillery died on Monday when his parachute failed to open during an exercise, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said.
Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the incident happened during Exercise Young Eagle at De Brug training area in Bloemfontein.
The annual army exercise is held to train and exercise the SA Army’s airborne and air assault forces to enhance airborne capability and combat readiness.
Dlamini said a board of inquiry had been convened to investigate the incident. The police were also investigating.
Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the Secretary of Defence Mpumi Mpofu and acting SANDF chief Lieutenant General Temba Matanzima extended their condolences to the soldier's family.