Officer wears fallen soldier's medals

2012-10-01 10:04

Johannesburg - The incumbent new commander of the Durban Light Infantry is being prosecuted because he allegedly wore a fellow soldier's medals at an official parade, Beeld reported on Monday.

Lieutenant –Colonel Sibusiso Amos Mbuyazi, 42, reportedly wore the unit's deceased's chaplain's Southern Cross and Pro Patria medals and his John Chard Decoration for impeccable, continuous service (30 years), 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.

The numbers on the medals correspond to those awarded to chaplain Patrick Montgomery, whose family donated them to the unit for safekeeping after his recent death.

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

Mbuyazi had since been informed that, according to the military discipline code, he was being charged with theft, theft of state property or property of a fellow soldier, disgraceful behaviour, and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-10-01 10:09

    That's just wrong.....

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 10:33

      Family of Idi Amin?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-01 11:08

      This is a singular lack of intelligence on the part of the commanding officer. He deserves a dishonourable discharge.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-01 11:19

      Can only be a wanker - 2012-10-01 11:20

      He won't understand why. - 2012-10-01 13:00

      The reason they are now the Durban "Light Infantry" is that all the heavy equipment and vehicels have been stolen...

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-01 13:23

      (1) How will this man, having dishonored himself and having his brought his judgment into question, ever be able to issue orders to his fellow officers in future ? (2) Would they respect him as an officer and their leader ? (3) How would he ever earn their respect again ? The answers (1) He won't. (2) Never (3) He cannot. This man does not deserve to be associated with this fine regiment. He's an embarrassment to the traditions of his unit and an insult to those who have served before him. Mike Lindsay (Major Rtd. Durban Regiment)

  • hans.dewaal.5 - 2012-10-01 10:11

    Typical dishonest and morally corrupt employment equity appointment.

      Carol Haywood - 2012-10-01 10:26

      OMG! How do u borrow a medal from a fallen soldier? Put the SOB infront of a firing squad and see how brave he is then!!!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-01 11:02

      Does this ANC entitlement mentality got no bounds?

      rontheogre - 2012-10-01 12:01

      This gives new and disgraceful meaning to taking credit for other's achievements. Just two weeks ago I wrote a comment on the shocking state of the military, but this takes the cake. If you want the acknowledgement for something you have to work for it, Mbuyazi you twit. But riding on the back of the achievement of others and stealing from the dead seems the way to go under the cadre deployment strategy, as they are too incompetent to achieve for themselves. Will they now put the degrees of passed on academics on their CV's too as the previous owners don't need them? This just re-affirms the lack of moral fibre, ethics and self-respect that the people in positions of authority in our government and departments have.

  • - 2012-10-01 10:25

    Malema has another 'disgruntled' soldier on his side. Clearly not good enough for the post.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 10:35

      He can have my Pro Patria medal. I'll stick it up ..... See if he smiles then.

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-01 10:27

    Typical of a civilian in military uniform. Lack of training, respect, honesty and discipline. Got promoted through affirmative action. He needs some indoctrination.

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-10-01 10:31

    Shame on him!!!

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-01 12:24

      You are joking, Sharon!!! These scum know no shame.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-01 10:31

    They don't even respect a dead persons property.. What a disgrace they are to everyone.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-01 10:42

    That is an absolute disgrace. This "thing" should never be allowed to wear a uniform again. How dare he wear another mans honors. Do these people have any shame?

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-01 11:01

      Conduct unbecoming an Officer = dishonourable discharge = criminal. Sounds like an ANC Cadre appointment!

      Jaap - 2012-10-01 11:37

      He has obviously no values, no pride and no shame. What a disgrace he is!

  • adrian.boulle - 2012-10-01 10:43

    That is just disgraceful!!!

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-01 10:43

    Definitely not an "Officer and a Gentleman". Should be wearing white feathers not stealing an honourable man's regalia. (Whats the betting he is not removed from his post which he should be)

      mariuskowie - 2012-10-01 10:53

      The only thing he should be wearing is tar and feathers.

      lioneldelange - 2012-10-01 12:05

      He should be wearing his grass skirt, sent back to the bush to watch his cows. thats all these idiots are good for, oh, and stealing, murdering etc.

  • terence.pattison - 2012-10-01 10:48

    This is disgraceful. The immoral and ill disciplined attitude of the Permanent Forces have now filtered down to the Proud Traditional Units of the Reserve Forces. How did this degenerate get appointed as an OC in the first place?(incidentally News 24 the JCD is for 20 years service, not 30).

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-01 10:52

    no brain - no shame.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-01 10:52

    ha ha ha ha ha ja ne only in SA

      stuart.scully.31 - 2012-10-01 11:24

      Tshepo, you are laughing.This is not funny , it's a disgrace. The Commander of the Durban Light Infantry behaving in this manner! Whoever put him into that position made a serious mistake.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-01 11:39

      Whoever put him into that position should be shot --- at least in the foot

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-01 10:56

    This is a disgrace not befitting an officer and a gentleman. The only suitable sentence is one of cashiering and discharge!

  • devan.pillay.549 - 2012-10-01 11:01

    Eish!Stolen medals. Surely the Defence Force would have checked on his credentials before he applied for the post.

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-01 12:27

      Devan... they did check his credentials. "Cadre"....application approved.

  • Cherri - 2012-10-01 11:04

    How can these creatures even be called "soldiers"? Useless, disgraceful, corrupt, thieving crooks.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-01 11:08

    Nice start of his new position. Tell tale of what might be coming..

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-10-01 11:20

    This is sad and at the same time it angers me. Military medals are a personal record of an individual soldier's achievements in either service or battle that distinguishes him from other soldiers. Wearing another soldier's medals is fraud. It is like presenting someone elses qualifications when you apply for a job. This 'officer' obviously lacks basic self discipline and is immoral. If found guilty, there should only be one outcome - dishonourable discharge.

  • chris.fourie - 2012-10-01 11:22

    That is the way our fellow new South Africans roll! Cannot do anything by them self. Everything they have or want can only be stolen or acquired by fraud!! Now a commission of enquiry will be opened costing tax payers more money and he will be paid during this time?! After he gets dishonourable discharged, he will still get benefits etc. So Sad!!

  • frank.desousa.10 - 2012-10-01 11:23

    No respect for anything in this country anymore,not even the dead

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-10-01 11:24

    It was found that it was only coke and beer bottle caps afterwards...nothing serious...

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-10-01 11:26

    This fool has no idea of what it means to be a soldier. Our military lacks discipline.

  • mike.wills.1213 - 2012-10-01 11:29

    What do you expect from a cook ??, f&@cking disgrace, should shoot him on the parade ground, no respect for the dead

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-01 11:32

    These Bloody Morons are all about pomp and bling and have no respect for anything. this is just another incompetent former garden youth given the rank and the moment he steps into the shoes he shows his true self - A THIEF!!!! Sadly this is typical of the administration in charge since 18 years ago

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-01 11:32

    Strip him of his rank. Does not deserve it, he has no honour.

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-10-01 11:35

    What a disgrace and he calls himself an officer. Makes me sick, hope he gets what he deserves.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-01 11:36

    What an idiot. And this is the calibre of brains and ethics we have in the military. He should be sentenced to scrub floors for a couple of years.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-01 11:40

    GOST ATTACK!! We all know that dead man tales no tales but watch out n respect for the spirits of the dead people :::.ONE:::

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-01 11:41

    This mob have about as much integrity and honour as the barbarians of the 5th century. A disgrace to all who ever served, may they be damned forever.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-01 11:58

    This guy doesn't give a hoot about what it means to be a Officer. Correct me if I'm wrong but this is now becoming typical of our previously disadvantaged citizens. Entitlement by theft.

  • sesom - 2012-10-01 12:04

    I hope the Army gets rid of this idiot...The ARMY is getting like the Police.. Thieves....

      terence.pattison - 2012-10-01 13:41

      Not is getting - has got!

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-01 12:17

    I have said this before and I will say it again. The problem, I can biologically not explain it but, trusting what I see, my conclusion is this: when they are born, they start developing but once they reach some stage in their mid to early teens, they simply stop maturing intlectually, just the body gets older, that is why we time and rime again see behaviour becoming of a 14 year old but being perfomed by a 40 something old. It's the same with that strange bum wriggling that they all do on tv and that's NOT some traditional dance, wearing sunglasses in the strangest places. That also would partly explain the aparent inability to carry out seemingly simple tasks, let alone running countries a well as the apparent lack of understanding the concept of assuming responsbility for their actions.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-01 12:46

    Welcome to the new South Africa, It would be in your own best interests not to stay to long

  • - 2012-10-01 12:56

    And this was the officer commanding.... The mind boggles! Anyway, how can you be that stupid. Considering he is only 42 and the John Chard Decoration was for 30 years service.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-01 14:01

    what kind of moron does this? just shows the mentality...

  • ken.gillings.7 - 2012-10-01 14:49

    The Chief of the SANDF owes it to the soldiers serving not in the DLI but also in all arms of the SA National Defence Force and indeed to South Africa to get rid of this individual before he does more harm to the image of the organisation.

      mikel.kiparski - 2012-10-01 15:11

      HARI KIRI comes 2 mind

      barry.roper.39 - 2012-10-01 17:53

      I totally agree with you Ken. He is not a soldiers backside.

  • bonnie.diamond2 - 2012-10-01 15:08

    This is actually quite sad, i've been involved (through my husband as a sgt major in the DLI) with DLI for tha pst 20yrs and its always been such a good instition...then along comes this man!! makes a mockery of Padre Montegomery's medals and the DLI as well. and apparently he stated quite adamantly that he was going to get rid of all the "white" soldiers at the DLI....well, somehow i dont think thats' gonna happen anymore!!!

  • mikel.kiparski - 2012-10-01 15:09

    is he related 2 SHERYL CWELE

  • gary.meaker - 2012-10-01 16:05

    Who comes but to steal and destroy?

  • RemoteMedic - 2012-10-01 16:52

    Disgrace, see typical Africanism, can't afford or earn it, so let's steal it!

  • guy.anchor - 2012-10-01 17:30

    I di'nt do nuffins! Just likes the shiny fings. Makes me feelt portant. That about sums it up.

  • johan.vanveenendaal - 2012-10-01 17:55

    In the olden days, this behaviour would have qualified for the punishment of "cashiering", the military ceremonial equivalent of beheading. If I recall, the perpetrator is brought on parade before the full unit, in ceremonial dress. The next higher ranking officer then uses his sable to cut off his epaulettes, thus stripping him of his rank, following which the lowest rank (e.g. Rifleman or clerk) marches the offender out of the base, signifying his total expulsion from anything military, loathed by all ranks. Out of curiosity, I have always wanted to see this happen in practice, a bit like the Roman Amphitheatre, I would like ringside seats for the show. Sadly, I doubt the new uniforms make provision for the punishment, suppose it will only, for ever, remain a dream.

  • johan.vanveenendaal - 2012-10-01 18:21

    Just realised that News-24 doesn't know how appropriately to apply the term "fallen soldier / comrade" either!

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-10-02 08:31


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