SANDF applaued

2018-02-21 06:00
President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the Inter Faith Service at Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.Photo: Boipelo Mere

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the Inter Faith Service at Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The South African Defence Force (SANDF) will not interfere in any politics but stick to protecting the people of South Africa, no matter who the Commander in Chief of the country is.

The message was confirmed by the newly elected president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa with SANDF in the presence of Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Sunday (18/02).

He spoke at the Inter-Faith Service at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, a part of the 2018 Armed Day celebration in Kimberley.

Kimberley was the first town where Ramaphosa made his first interaction following his swearing in on Thursday (15/02) and the stalled State of the Nation Address the day after on Friday.

The agreement was given a nod by Gen Simphiwe Shoke who said: “We always say as the South African Defence Force that we are a professional force and we are above petty party politics. And that we serve the constitutionary elected government of the day irrespective of who they are.

The president spoke highly of the SANDF and elaborated on its role in the country, and he thanked them for putting their lives on the line in order to ensure “that we sleep peacefully at night knowing that we are well protected as South Africans.”

“These celebrations carry a profound and special meaning to our nation. They occur at a time when our defence force has once again confirmed the depth of the root of our democracy.

“They occur as our nation and celebrates the change of leadership in the governing party without even having any appetite for senseless bloodshed due to being led by wise men and women who abide by our constitution and the rule of law,” he said.

Ramaphosa pointed out the significance of the celebrations for occurring in a year when South Africa commemorates the centenary birthday of the first Commander in Chief former President Nelson Mandela.

He applauded Mandela as a unifier and a defender of all citizens and moulded the SANDF into a law abiding institution of the Republic of South Africa in defending its people.

Ramaphosa, will be attending today’s (20/02) wreath laying ceremony at the Battle of Square Hill Monument in Kimberley.

Ramaphosa, who is the Commander-in-Chief, will take salute from members of the SANDF on parade.

Spectators will be treated to a military precision march past by soldiers on parade including a mechanised column (vehicles) drive-by followed by aircraft in formation flypast as part of the festivities.

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