Dead comrade's medals 'a prank'

2012-10-10 13:43

Johannesburg - The incumbent new commander of the Durban Light Infantry, who allegedly wore a deceased soldier's medals at an official parade, has labelled the incident a malicious prank, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Sibusiso Amos Mbuyazi, 42, reportedly wore the unit's deceased chaplain's Southern Cross and Pro Patria medals and his John Chard Decoration for impeccable, continuous service when he received his rank at a Pretoria parade on 22 August.

The medals were allegedly stolen from the unit's display cabinet in May, and stolen for a second time after Mbuyazi wore them in August.

Mbuyazi told Beeld that malicious subordinates were waging a smear campaign to discredit him.

He said the labels were pinned to his uniform by a senior officer.

When Mbuyazi was confronted about the medals a few days after he wore them, he reportedly said he had "borrowed them from a friend".

He denied having said this, and claimed his own medals were stolen, along with the others.

In terms of the military discipline code, he was charged with theft, theft of state property or property of a fellow soldier, disgraceful behaviour, and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-10 13:50


      christopher.shining - 2012-10-10 13:56

      So he did borrow the medals that he has no understanding of, so he is a liar as well. He is heading our light infantry to see when he goes to war...he will probably rip some deceased chaplain's Southern Cross off a grave stone and pretend he is dead. - 2012-10-10 14:13

      Can news 24 PLEASE stop using this photo of anything to do with soldiers or the army. It's getting as bad as that crazy photo of Amor (Joost's ex wife) with the wild eyes and outstretched hands...

      lsfreak - 2012-10-10 15:20

      He was just missing his PINK slippers :D

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-10 15:37

      Give him a Sand Bag and a good "OP F!K" - It's what I got if my boots were not polished. My Pro Patria was earned along with other operational medalions !! Not stolen !! What a disgrace to all who have served in a once great Defence Force.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-10 13:51

    "Theft, theft of state property or property of a fellow soldier, disgraceful behaviour, and conduct unbecoming of an officer" - When he's discharged from the army, he is a perfect candidate for parliament.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-10 17:22

      Lie, lie ,lie and then deny. Must be a MK tosser. It's a shame that such an honourable regiment has to be saddled with this cretin.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-10-10 13:52

    Clearly no discipline left in SADF.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-10 13:56


  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-10 13:52

    I think a prank is being played on Durban Light Infantry by appointing this plonker as its C.O.

      john.dovey - 2012-10-10 18:42

      Actually, that's not far from the truth. I got out of the DLI just over a year ago because I saw the writing on the wall. I'm afraid that this guy was deployed to the Regiment on purpose for no other reason than his personal loyalty to the powers that be. I suspect that the hierarchy are.nervous of the independent behaviour of the Citizen Force regiments who have a tradition of calling a spade a spade and not bowing to pressure to cover up illegal behaviour and this (along with the 18 other CF COs being replaced) is a direct reaction to that.

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-10 13:52

    Hehe, i love this "malicious subordinates were waging a smear campaign to discredit him"....just like his boet Malema there's always 'dark forces' from the outside involve, it's never them! Rather just say your an imbecile who doesn't have any achievements what so ever and you wanted to look important. Case solved

  • rsole.sole - 2012-10-10 13:55

    And so the circus continues.

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-10-10 14:44

      Typical of a former bush baby masquerading as a soldier! This idiot should be court-marshaled and sent to DB for a extended period of time for this stupidity and dishonesty! What a chop!

  • mark.algar.3 - 2012-10-10 13:56

    This guy is not worthy of being a soldier - let alone the CO of a proud unit such as the DLI. He is a disgrace to everyone who wears or as worn a uniform. Imagine serving under a person like this with such dodgy morals and ethics!!

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-10 14:01

    Dead Comrade's medals worn by typical corrupt comrade VIVA the struggle, to do your own acts of heroism VIVA

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-10 14:01

    Sorry chap, you crossed the line and you will face the firing squad. You scum bag!

  • stuart.lidstone.1 - 2012-10-10 14:05

    I thought the "pronutro" medal was only awarded for border duty within the old pre 1994 SADF? Not right? Bastard should be shot as a disgrace. Will probably get promoted and as it is the whiteys fault!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-10 15:41


  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 14:06

    So the CANCER Gov Is also a PranK?? LOL !!! Faarkin IDIOT!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:13

    Og dear god, what a circus we live in! You don't have your own medals so you just take somebody else's? Really? Just shows how much this whatnot actually KNOWS !! Just like the state coffers ... they don't have their own money so they just take the tax payers'! How did he earn his rank anyway? A hero of which war was he exactly?

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-10-10 14:16

    He was trying so see if he could have more medals on his uniform than Idi Amin.

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:32

      What, he was wearing somebody else's sunglasses too?

  • njdejager - 2012-10-10 14:17

    Fire him. No idea what medals and ranks are all about. Clearly disregard authority. Cheers!

      Erna - 2012-10-10 15:19

      No respect for the dead, or the medals.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:19

    PS: this pic comes up with every story related to SANDF. Are these two the only whiteys left, or what? Why oh why are we not seeing a pic of the Lieutenant himself? WITH all the medals he did NOT earn? Would make for half a decent laugh I think!

  • Blackpoison - 2012-10-10 14:25

    A prank!? Jeez, in my day you'd get slapped with a DD1 and sent to DB in Boksburg for a very long time.

  • chris.flack.750 - 2012-10-10 14:28

    Wannabe Idi Amin??

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-10 14:30

    The clear message that is coming through is that this darkie is nothing but a liar. He has lied from the very beginning, and changed his story of lies all the time. How can he command when he has been exposed as a liar ??? He must be drummed out of the army.

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 15:03

      This plankie will be promoted soon, wait and see.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-10 14:30

    CHEAT. Expel him from the army.He is not fit for purpose.Get rid of the sod.He is a disgrace, must be one of the cadres, who else will do such a thing.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-10 14:30

    Just another imbecile. Strange how they never have the guts to speak the truth.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-10 14:34

    I must say, in the new SA the excuses tendered after people in positions of authority are hilarious, like someone swallowed a thesaurus. I wish they'd all fart and clear their minds..

      Erna - 2012-10-10 15:20

      The funniest of all is that they don't even realise how stupid they sound.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-10 14:39

    How can it be that, whilst the people who are forever finding themselves under investigation in many institutions (ANC cadres usually) can be considered the 'best of the best' (if not what are they doing in those positions?) - yet they invariably turn out to be the 'worst of the worst'? Where are the exemplary black people with morals and principles who should be filling all such positions? Or is it as many fear - that there are no such black people around? Could this be true?

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-10-10 15:01

      Such people are not deployed in top positions as they are not ANC cadres who have dirty hands and their snouts in the trough.

  • johan.r.erasmus - 2012-10-10 14:46

    DB mate and no rank required their either

  • gerrit.v.merwe.9 - 2012-10-10 14:50

    Bwha-Ha-Ha! What a Circus South Africa has become.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-10 14:52

    at least the police can now really say they have an ossie in charge

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-10 14:56


  • andre.fourie.980 - 2012-10-10 15:02

    Another show of disrespect. I wonder what our new millitary commanders get medals for. It's not like they fought in any war. Idiots.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-10 15:03

    I have never heard such bull in my life!! You dont BORROW someones medals????!!! They arent like a pair of shoes or a jersey? And how in hell does a unit commander not know this????

  • jasper.booysen - 2012-10-10 15:05

    The idiot is lying!!!!

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-10-10 15:09

    Ha Ha Ha Only in the "SA Army" could this happen.

  • gail.welman - 2012-10-10 15:16

    I always believed it was a punishable offence to use another's credentials. So he is not a hero, but a coward, a thief and a liar. Oh well that is par for the course. Will this government leave nothing but corruption in its wake?

  • Erna - 2012-10-10 15:17


  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-10 15:17

    At best he is totally incapable of holding senior rank in the SANDF if he cannot even identify the wrong medals on his own tunic. At worst he is a lying conniving cheat. Let the military court decide which.

  • Blixum - 2012-10-10 16:10

    Jacob Zooma is also a prank. You guys just don't know it. LOL

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-10-10 16:30

    Give this Idi Amin wannabe a Coke medle as well

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-13 13:56

    Why whites are soooo disrespectful of blacks? You cannot call a whole race 'things' and think you will be safe, its hatred you sowing and its the same you gonna reap.

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