Defence report handed to Sisulu

2010-11-16 20:21

Cape Town - The interim national defence force commission has handed its final report to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, she announced on Tuesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Sisulu said she received the report on Tuesday morning.

It would now undergo the normal process of being submitted to Cabinet, after which it would be given to Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu.

Parliament would then have an opportunity to read the recommendations emanating from the report, she said.

The interim commission was appointed on September 9 2009, to advise on establishing a permanent national defence force service commission and a special dispensation for the conditions of service of members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

Its brief was to advise and make recommendations on a "unique service dispensation outside the ambit of the public service", Sisulu said.

It would further advise on the regulatory framework for this, and to investigate and provide advice on the remuneration and conditions of service of the SANDF.

The interim commission was asked to deal with these matters both in the short-term and the long-term.

Sisulu thanked the interim commission for the sterling work they had done, and their dedication and commitment.

The interim commission was chaired by Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Lebotsang Ronnie Bosielo, and included United Democratic Movement leader and retired general Bantu Holomisa, and Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus, a veteran member of the Assembly's defence committee.

"Appointing members from such diverse backgrounds allowed us, for the first time, in this dispensation to have a bird's eye view of the SANDF since 1994," Sisulu said.

  • Crest Publishing - 2010-11-16 21:47

    SISULU is there as a name only and her report goes to family. We have a Defence Force which has become a rag tailed army. Just another African disaster. After the Second World War Smuts was made a Field Marshal by King George VI. The SADF was described as magnificent in its fighting in the East African campaign. Sisulu's so called army is made up of ex ANC military - worth nothing.

      Francois - 2010-11-16 22:50

      Dear Crest Publishing, we know that our navy is combat ready - we can sustain presence for up to three months in Somalia with the best ships in the world. If the army is called to oversee the election in Zimbabwe, we will declare it free and fair like Racist Mbeki did previous time round - hopefully the army will not rape a couple of Matabele women on their way back. Thus exactly what is your point? We still have the best army in Africa - that is off course if we can find the rifle or the fuel to keep the jets in the air. But cut the Minister some slack - she cannot assist in regime change in Zimbabwe by helping with free and fair elections because then their will be no rhino poachers.

      Pepsy - 2010-11-17 07:03

      we still are the best army in Africa. We are on the good books of UN and Ban Kin Moon and his advisers are not ANC. SANDF is not in DR Congo for peacekeeping only but we also help with integration of rebels. We also have a maj gen who is advising the DRC military. SANDF is also retraining the Central African Republic soldiers. WE ARE THE BEST.

      queenpoppa.poppa - 2010-11-17 07:48

      Very subtle Francois > in die land van die blindes is Een Oog koning!

  • barneyk70 - 2010-11-17 11:19

    Minister you are not reacable for your men on the ground.You are aotocrat that are not in touch.the defence force is overly transform and not a single coloured or white commander left in the Infantry.the last white is also on his way out.this rasism.the defence force surpose to reflect society but other races are push aside.what are you going to do about it.

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