SA democracy maturing: Sisulu

2012-05-14 22:27

kalahari.com

Pretoria - South Africa's democracy and citizens' awareness of their right to seek recourse over grievances has continued to gain strength since 1994, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Monday.

She was addressing delegates at the swearing-in ceremony of the country's newly-appointed military ombudsman at the Thaba Tshwane military base in Pretoria.

"Today, our soldiers have a greater sense of their right to recourse for grievance procedures than they did in 1994. Our defence force institutions have changed substantially," she said.

Former acting chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Lieutenant General Themba Mathanzima was sworn in by Judge Francis Legodi of the North Gauteng High Court.

The Military Ombud Act was passed by Parliament in March after it was tabled in June 2011.

Quality of life


"The ombud is mandated to improve the quality of life for members of the national defence force. We hope to achieve this with the appropriate cost," Sisulu said.

She said she had taken Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendation to have "a person associated with the culture and practice of the military" to handle complaints from the military.

Earlier, Madonsela told the gathering that Mathanzima should not hesitate to make objective decisions against the SANDF.

"Being a member of the family... do not treat the defence community as a mafia," she said.

"In the mafia, if you are a member of the family, you do not make decisions against family. Family is always right in the mafia," she said.

"I hope that that will not be the case with you. If you do that, you will render this office not an ombud office, but a lapdog."

Without fear, favour or prejudice

Defence secretary Sam Gulube said, at the event, that the ombud's brief was to investigate all complaints raised internally by members of the SANDF.

"He will not be investigating matters raised in the media or other platforms," said Gulube.

"The military ombud may not investigate a complaint relating to the manner in which a military judge performs his or her functions as a judge.

"Very importantly, the ombud may refuse to investigate a complaint if the investigation may undermine channels of command in the defence force," he said.

Mathanzima pledged that all complaints raised within the SANDF would be investigated impartially and expeditiously, without fear, favour or prejudice.

"This office is not to be feared or perceived as a threat to the defence force, but should exist as an example of proper governance and accountability.

"It is an office that will empower members of the defence force to direct their grievances using proper channels."
- SAPA
Read more on:    sandf  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  military
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are in a curious mood and you want to be the first to know what is happening. You may find yourself drawn into cyber chatting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.