Stay away from SANDF, Malema told

2012-09-14 21:00

Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on Friday warned axed ANC Youth League president Julius Malema not to interfere in its affairs.

"The military command would like to caution Mr Malema or any other person not to interfere in the management of the SANDF... [We are] an institution where the highest standards of discipline are expected," said SANDF Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga in a statement.

The warning came after Malema met with around 60 soldiers at the Lenasia Recreation Centre in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

There he criticised the political leadership of the country and accused them of ignoring the needs of SANDF members, including not reinstating the hundreds of soldiers put on special leave for protesting at the Union Buildings in 2009.

Mabanga said on Thursday that the soldiers who met with Malema were the same "ill-disciplined" soldiers who had engaged in the illegal march.

He said the soldiers had initially been ordered to return to their home units and would now be charged with failing to obey that order.

He called for the SANDF to be excluded from political battles.

"It is the only institution that is the last line of defence and may not be used to promote or harm interests of any political party or organisation."

Mabanga said interference or disruptions to the SANDF were seen as a criminal offence.

  • - 2012-09-14 21:09

    I'm proud of you - put this ill-disciplined thug Malema in hes place!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-14 22:27

      Malema has no place amongst civilized society for the way he behaves.He is everything you would expect from an evil,cowardly,opportunistic predator that is using the misfortunes of other people to serve his own twisted aganda.He is trying turn the one thing that still ensures civility in South Africa which is the South African Armed Forces probably against the office of the Presidency of South Africa.I don't care for Mr Zuma or the ANC Government,which is a given,but what this renegade fool,Julias Malema,was trying to do is just borderline disgraceful. He toi-toi's in settlements among shanty town dwellers,but then quitely slips away into his leafy,nouveau rich home in the wealthy suburbs.What multiple disorder psycho is just a two faced bastard of a individual.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-14 23:37

      Soldiers as well as SAP etc do not have the right to strike Isfreak

      dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-09-15 06:08

      @ isfreak, no government worker who is in an essential service has a right to strike. Health Care, SAPS and army, as well as certain other sectors are NOT allowed to go on strike, as they are deemed essential services. Even if there is a legal strike for government employees, there are no allowances for these people to strike. If they do, they are in breach of contract, and endangering the public by not providing the service they are supposed to. And as such are supposed to be fired. They signed their terms

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-14 21:20

    What civilian can enter a military base to discuss the working conditions of military personel?

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-15 02:10

      What kind of military would strike & demonstrate for more pay? The SANDF is actually more of a liability than an asset

      jdigwamaje - 2012-09-15 07:47

      Though I agree with Notrax123. I think it's a little bit presumptuous of Juan to suggest that our military is a liability.

      henk63 - 2012-09-15 09:13

      Notrax, Malema did not enter a base. Jdigwamaje, Juan is actually right. Our military is useless. Too fat or too sick to perform their duties (not that they have any duties right now), they only signed up for a job and the opportunity to carry guns. There is no hint of any patriotism to be seen. Bases are systematically destroyed either by vandalism or neglect. Discipline and dress codes are vague concepts. Medals are awarded faster than they can be made. People who couldn't pass the Corporal course are made Generals just because of their struggle credentials. The list goes on. So yes, they are a liability but what makes it worse is that they have access to weapons. Scary liability is more like it.

  • martijn.slager.9 - 2012-09-14 21:22

    Ernest: have u experienced / seen the outcome of what u propose?

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-15 04:37

      Martijn, get a life already, Ernest is just plain frustrated and was just expressing how most of us feel! Don't worry Ernest I share your frustrations as well, malemmer is a low life spawned by the cANCer and now they are helpless in controlling him. He knows too much about the top DOGS to silence him.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-14 21:24

    Can someone please just shut this knob up.

  • michelle.svensson.18 - 2012-09-14 21:30

    Now somebody with som brains is talking:

  • Dakalo Tshisikule - 2012-09-14 21:38

    can someone take out fat boy for good ,we are tired of hearing juju dis en dat zuma have balls en sort dis oke out

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-19 14:42

      I'm just wondering at what point will Zuma take real action against the fat toad?

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-09-14 21:52

    Guys, stand up and pay attention! South African's have become so apathetic and disengaged we are not seeing the warning signs properly. We can not have rogue politicians drumming up support in our armed forces. This statement from the minister is very welcome - but maybe too little, too late? Oi vei. I'm no prophet of doom, but....eish!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-14 22:03

    Shoot this jelly baby - would make some good target practice for the SANDF

      makarapakaplan - 2012-09-15 09:40


  • Jacques - 2012-09-14 22:18

    This is where we need strong leadership... Lord help us!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-15 13:37

      Jacques..I agree...somebody must standup to Malema. He really has been free to say and do what he likes....surely there is someone who is legally Knowledgeable that can standup to this uneducated fool...make this idiot disappear of the face of the earth...he has no good intent for anyone but himself.

  • ipeleng.molaba - 2012-09-14 23:00

    One thng 4 sure if u dnt tke respnsblty, u wn't go anywhre. Our leaders r busy pointng fngrz at one anothr, not cming up wth solutionz... Our so-calld democrcy w r busy kissng it gud bye...

  • Carlton - 2012-09-14 23:49

    why I am I being censored News 24 nothing wrong with the statement I made. last time I comment

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-14 23:49

    Oh interrupting

  • daryn.wickham - 2012-09-15 06:01

    Well Done ! Someone actually gave this unruly child Malema a talking too. Something even the president is scared to do. Thats right if you work for any of the emergency forces, it is illegal for you to strike. Those soldiers knew that when they signed up, its in their contracts. They made a choice to engage in those activities. Why has Malema not been arrested for insighting violence, and intimidation yet ?

  • Erna - 2012-09-15 06:16

    Or what?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-09-15 07:13

    Why always is the reference to idiot Malema prefixed ANCYL president albeit either axed oe expelled? Just use his name without any reference to the past.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-15 07:19

    lets not forget who was championing our present presidents cause and whos influence made it possible for zuma to be president the very same malema , who has now turned on his master . not a very loyal person is he now , followers take note

  • Maketa Khayalakhe Khekhe - 2012-09-15 07:33

    its seams as if this people tend to forget that he was invited

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 07:55

    The old regime would have arrested him in a heartbeat. We still pussyfooting around cause we may still need this used condom some time in the future.

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-09-15 08:15

    He played in a wrong place, SANDF is not a revolutional sure this is the first and last warning..otherwise.....I like the SANDF for not leting any politicians interfer in the meantime..good good

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-15 10:00

    Ok Brigadier Mabanga and you are...........?Let us remind you that the same soldiers that you call descipline are the same one's that invited Julius complaining about your institution ineffectiveness and lack of respect to the soldiers - it would be interesting to see if"your soldiers" will be willing to act against Julius in fact it seems likely that they will come after you *something to think about Sir, yes Sir*

  • mabandla.magoqwana - 2012-09-15 10:32

    Tired of this Malema with his nonsense , what is he trying to archive ?

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-15 12:15

    Come on Juliarse! You can do it. Swallow your muti and dodge the bullets!

  • reon.stoman - 2012-09-15 12:36

    This ANC SANDF is way, way below a mediocre military force. There is no discipline in this organization and not a shadow of the once proud and powerful SADF that we knew. Malema WILL influence these so-called soldiers - watch this space.

      Mdu Makofane Q - 2013-08-02 05:56

      you were saying?

  • remzamotaung - 2012-09-15 12:55

    Can someone get rid of that idiot plz. we need ppl with direction. Thank u mr Mabanga

  • mbelebana - 2012-09-15 16:46

    I really cannot understand how some South Africans think when expressing their views, negativity of the worst kind.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-15 17:10

    There's ol bacon baby showing us the size of the ostrich he had for supper.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-15 17:14

    so, the blob had a mass gathering with his 60 supporters? whether Mr Mabanga can, or will be allowed to stick to what he has said is one thing but his point is definately correct and deserves aplause.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-15 17:18

    Why are we all so focused on fats degree of corruption. Can anyone point out a single ANC member that is not in the exact same league? I exclude Thuli Madonsela,Unfortunately, she wont last though. Watch.

  • Mdu Makofane Q - 2013-08-02 05:58

    I guess he got the message.. loud & clear

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