More probes into SANDF training camp

2013-05-09 07:18
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has ordered further investigations into allegations of assault at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, the department of defence said on Wednesday.

Defence ministry spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said Mapisa-Nqakula was concerned at the recent incident "after she had ordered two investigations into other incidents at the Infantry School".

The initial investigation was ordered in October last year after the suicide of a female recruit.

"When the report of this investigation was received, it was found to be inadequate, and the minister ordered a second probe and that this probe be conducted by that inspector general and must be widened to cover all the incidents of death, including those in the past," said Mbananga.

Mapisa-Nqakula received the report on 6 May, coinciding with reports on the latest incidents which appeared in the media a day later.

Boards of inquiry

She said the report received on Monday already pointed to lack of adherence to safety measures.

It also pointed at the inability of unit's boards of inquiry (BOI) to conduct quality and conclusive investigations, Mapisa-Nqakula said.

Mbananga said the minister directed that the SA National Defence Force and the chief of the army conduct a preliminary investigation on the system failures identified in the report.

In addition Mapisa-Nqakula had directed the office of the military ombudsman to launch a full investigation into complaints by members at the Infantry School as well as the general conditions under which recruits lived and trained at Oudtshoorn, he said.

On Tuesday, the SANDF said it would establish a board of inquiry to investigate punitive training sessions at the Infantry School.

"Action will be taken against anyone who might have acted out of the rule which governs the type of punishment befitting the violation, because the punishment should be equal to the violation committed," said SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga.

Phones confiscated

Several army recruits reportedly needed medical treatment after the training session.

According to Beeld, the training session, which took place on Thursday night and Friday morning, was apparently halted at the request of medical officers at the base because they feared the recruits would not survive.

All the recruits' phones were confiscated to ensure no photos or video footage was distributed, an angry mother told the newspaper.

The punitive session was arranged after the recruits left the base on Thursday to visit a pub.
Mabanga confirmed this, but could not confirm the date.

"We are aware of five people that sneaked out of the camp and went to drink in a local pub. Then they were brought back. They were dressed in their military training gear and yes, they were punished in a way that fitted the type of violation."
Read more on:    sandf  |  nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  george  |  military

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.