ARTICLES RELATING TO MILITARY

SANDF unlawfully dismisses HIV+ recruits

2014-07-30 12:11

The SA National Defence Force is ignoring HIV policy, which declares any discrimination against HIV-positive members unconstitutional.

Arms inquiry could be extended - As it happened

2014-07-24 18:00

Judge Willie Seriti says he would apply for a three to four months extension in order to give all witnesses a chance to testify in the inquiry. Read more about the arms deal here.

Urgent action needed to save SANDF - minister

2014-07-23 12:29
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Urgent action is needed to reverse the decline in the SA National Defence Force, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has told MPs.

Arms deal was a Cabinet decision - Mbeki

2014-07-17 12:31

No government minister took individual decisions during the procurement of arms, former president Thabo Mbeki has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal.

SANDF shocked, concerned by arrest warrants

2014-07-02 07:30
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The SA National Defence Force says it is shocked but not surprised that the actions of a trade union led to an order for the arrest of three leading SANDF officers.

Court rules in favour of arms deal picket

2014-06-12 12:14

The North Gauteng High Court has granted the Right2Know Campaign permission to picket at the Sammy Marks Square in central Pretoria where the Seriti arms inquiry is based.

Manuel: Cancelling arms deal detrimental

2014-06-11 14:50
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Cancelling loans secured for financing the 1999 arms deal would hurt the South African economy, former finance minister Trevor Manuel says.

Lekota: Let Zuma have his day in court

2014-06-11 13:21
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Corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should still be tested in court, former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Manuel to testify at arms commission

2014-06-11 05:33

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel will testify before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-million rand arms deal.

Naidoo willing to speak at arms deal probe

2014-06-09 14:32

Chief government negotiator in the arms deal Jayendra Naidoo has declared his willingness to answer all questions before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Kasrils at arms deal commission

2014-06-06 11:06

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has arrived at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal in Pretoria.

Iran says it has copied US drone

2014-05-12 05:30

Iran says it has succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.

Ailing SANDF needs resuscitation

2014-04-23 14:33

The decline of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) needs to be urgently turned around, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Your dog truly loves your scent

2014-04-07 12:41

You smell better to your dog than other people, or even other dogs, brain scans show.

Military benefits gazetted

2014-02-21 22:29

The regulation of military benefits has been gazetted, the department of military veterans says.

SA won't send troops to CAR - report

2014-02-02 12:34

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly stated that South Africa will not send troops to the Central African Republic, despite mounting pressure to do so.

Former MK commander dies

2013-12-28 07:42
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Former Umkhonto we Sizwe commander Lieutenant General Lehlohonolo Moloi has died, the department of defence and military veterans says.

Army orders soldiers back to duty

2013-12-07 14:28

The South African National Defence Force has ordered soldiers on leave to report back for duty to provide support for Nelson Mandela's mourning and funeral activities.

HPCSA 'has no evidence' against Basson

2013-11-15 12:34

The Health Professions Council of SA didn’t provide any evidence of wrongdoing against former apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson, his counsel says.

Generals feast while soldiers go hungry

2013-10-17 10:43
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Top SANDF officials are still getting three-course meals while low-ranking soldiers have had their daily meals reduced due to a lack of funds, according to a report.

Chippy Shaik may make arms deal probe appearance

2013-10-02 09:20

Shamin "Chippy" Shaik, chief of acquisitions for the SA National Defence Force during a controversial arms deal, may be subpoenaed to appear before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry, it has been reported.

UN seeks further SA artillery for DRC

2013-08-30 12:06

The UN has requested South African authorities to send additional artillery to the DRC, a defence force official says.

SA troops 'not engaged with DRC rebels'

2013-08-23 13:01

South African soldiers in the DRC have not been engaged in armed combat with rebels in the country, the SANDF says.

Soldier killed in Kruger National Park

2013-08-19 23:33

A soldier has been killed during an operation in the Kruger National Park, the SA National Defence Force says.

Obsolete aircraft, arms sold - minister

2013-08-19 12:50

The defence department has sold off three more of its Atlas Cheetah fighter jets this year, according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

 

Arms deal inquiry mum on resignations

2014-07-25 14:38

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal could not confirm a report that two evidence leaders resigned this week.

DA: Creeping authoritarianism in SANDF

2014-07-23 14:18

There is a "dangerous creeping authoritarianism" within the SA National Defence Force, DA MP David Maynier has warned.

Arms deal critic can’t attend inquiry

2014-07-21 13:00

Arms deal critic and losing bidder Richard Young will not be attending the Seriti Commission of Inquiry as he recently had an operation and needs time to recover.

Denel lands R260m deal

2014-07-02 14:59

Denel Aerostructures has been awarded a multi-million rand deal to make parts for an international military airbus, the company says.

FXI welcomes arms deal picket ruling

2014-06-13 22:36

The court ruling allowing the Right2Know Campaign to picket near the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has been welcomed by the FXI.

Stopping arms deal picket 'was wrong'

2014-06-12 10:18

The Tshwane metro police decision to stop a picket outside the Seriti inquiry was a flagrant disregard for the right to protest, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

Manuel: Mandela was pro-arms deal

2014-06-11 14:03

A mandate by former president Nelson Mandela to his Cabinet to properly equip the defence force resulted in the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Parliamentary response haunts Lekota

2014-06-11 12:08

Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota was quizzed at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on how he handled a purported breach of the arms deal contracts by arms manufacturers.

Kasril's arms deal statement criticised

2014-06-10 12:12

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils's statement submitted to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal has been criticised.

Get to the point, Seriti tells inquiry

2014-06-06 18:11

An evidence leader has been prompted to move along during the questioning of former deputy defence minister Ronnie Kasrils before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Arms deal commission back next week

2014-05-16 14:40

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal has been adjourned after a former secretary of defence completed his testimony.

SANDF soldiers wounded in DRC attack

2014-05-01 14:20

Three SANDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, during an attack in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence force says.

Arms deal cost R46.6bn - report

2014-04-10 08:37
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A Treasury official has revealed that South Africa's controversial arms deal cost over R46.6bn, according to a report.

PWD fails army

2014-03-05 22:42

The public works department is failing the country's soldiers, parliament's defence portfolio committee has heard.

SA soldiers ambushed, robbed in South Sudan

2014-02-13 09:28
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South African soldiers have been ambushed and robbed of equipment during a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the SA Navy says.

Military vets must be honoured: Zuma

2014-01-03 14:11
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Military veterans must continue to be recognised for the contribution they made to reshaping the country's post-apartheid defence force, President Jacob Zuma says.

Scientists believe some whales flee from sonar

2013-12-15 22:44

The Navy plans to increase sonar testing in US waters over the next five years even as studies it funded reveal worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins.

S.Korea to buy 40 Lockheed F-35s

2013-11-22 11:14

South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter jets with the first delivery expected in 2018.

Air Force cracking down on ill-discipline

2013-10-24 10:48

The SA Air Force has announced a stricter discipline enforcement regimen for all members.

Judge dismisses soldiers' application

2013-10-08 11:00

A military court has dismissed an application to stop a case against 225 soldiers being charged over an illegal protest in Pretoria in 2009.

DA wants 'complete' arms report

2013-09-03 14:40

The DA says that the committee tasked with controlling SA's trade in conventional arms has not issued complete reports over the past year on weapons sales worth more than R13bn.

57 000 veterans registered

2013-08-28 20:18

The military veterans department is currently sifting through a database of 57 000 names to verify the identities of members of the former armed forces.

Arms deal activist lodges complaint

2013-08-20 11:47

Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne has lodged a complaint to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Military mum on arms export

2013-08-19 22:32

The defence department could not say whether the sale two years ago of "obsolete" military field guns to a private contractor is properly and legally recorded for export.

Arms ship faces possible $1m fine

2013-08-15 23:14

The Panama Canal authority has said that it will impose as much as a $1m fine on the North Korean freighter caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons.

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