Military ombudsman takes oath

2012-05-14 12:45

Pretoria - All complaints raised within the SA National Defence Force will be investigated expeditiously, without fear or favour, the country's first military ombudsman said in Pretoria on Monday.

Lieutenant General Themba Mathanzima was sworn in amidst pomp and fanfare at the Thaba Tshwane military base.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela were among the dignitaries present.

"The ombud has been tasked to investigate all complaints raised internally by members of the defence force. He will not be investigating matters raised in the media or other platforms," secretary of defence Sam Gulube said at the beginning of the ceremony.

The introduction of the ombudsman is one of the measures aimed at promoting democratic civil-military relations in the SANDF.

  • Kala - 2012-05-14 12:56

    "Pretoria - All complaints raised within the SA National Defence Force will be investigated expeditiously, without fear or favour..." Cash notes will be accepted to really speed things up.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-14 13:22

      Buy the results you want.

  • Andile - 2012-05-14 13:56

    Its a brilliant idea but the person who is the Ombudsman is the problem. To those of us that are familiar with the SANDF, we would remember that Lt. Gen. Matanzima in 2009 he was amongst the first Generals who wanted to hear nothing about the problems (working environment, financial, promotions,etc) that soldiers faced. Even during debriefings he doesn't entertain questions from low ranked members. But let's wait and see, I think somebody else should have been appointed. A person who is 'neutral', Gen. Matanzima is NOT!

  • nibishaka - 2012-05-14 14:30

    The fundamental problem in Africa is not Institutions per se, but the people who make up those institutions. While the Ombudsman office is necessary and therefore a good ideas, they are plenty of such institutions that are aimed to promote accountability and democratic goverance, but are abused and used against the same principles they were created for. One of such institutions is the National Parliament Courts, SAPS.... While the ANC holds the majority in the National Assembly, the due process is always abused in the name of democratic processes. Instead of becoming an institution that safedguard the internal order and security of South Africans, the SAPS has now become a playing ground between factions aligned to this and that politicians and ordinary people are used as prey to fill up officers pockets. Should the proposed review of the Concourt powers be approved; then only remaining pillar that keeep this country moving will be brought down. This military ombudsman brings nothing new to the table and he is going to follow the line of the Mdulis, Cele, Selebi...unless if he clarify the arms deal saga and other malpractices that have been associated with SANDF fom the highest echelon

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