Muslim major wins SANDF headscarf case ... and now Equality Court date looms

2020-01-22 16:19

Although a court ruling allows Major Fatima Isaacs and other Muslim members of the South African National Defence Force to wear headscarves under their berets, a new court challenge against the SANDF's policy is looming.

SA cuts defence spending but the rest of the world spends more, more, more - report

2020-01-12 09:00

Defence spending surpassed US$1.8trn in 2019, with six of the 10 fastest-growing defence budgets in Europe, according to a new report.

EXPLAINED: The army will be deployed in Cape Town. Here are the pros and cons

2019-07-12 09:04

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the army will be deployed to combat crime on the gang-ridden Cape Flats in Cape Town. Under what circumstances is it allowed and what are the risks? Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, explains.

Protecting South Africa's borders: Rocky roads and unrelenting conditions

2018-11-17 17:13

Despite unrelenting terrain, the beating sun and vast tracks of land to patrol, South African Defence Force soldiers have still managed to apprehend more than 6 000 people - allegedly for trying to illegally enter South African from Mozambique since January.

WATCH: SANDF Capability Demonstration in Bloem

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) hosted an impressive 'capability demonstration' at the De Brug range outside Bloemfontein on Tuesday, as part of a series of events leading up to Armed Forces Day on 21 February. Watch.

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The pros and cons of deploying the army in our neighbourhoods

2017-10-11 07:36

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has asked the assistance of the army to fight crime in Gauteng and Cape Town. Under what circumstances is it allowed and what are the risks? The ISS's Johan Burger explains.

Parts from 83 burnt SANDF vehicles were very valuable - Army chief

SA Army Chief, Lt-General Lindile Yam, held his first media briefing since assuming his new role. Yam decried the lack of funding and the state of equipment available to him, in the wake of last week's fire at Wallmannstal that destroyed 83 military vehicles. Watch.

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Watch – State of the SA army

At a recent media breakfast the chief of the South African Defence Force, Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo, engaged journalists on various issues, including operational issues that face the SA army. Masondo also mentioned the defence force’s role in Operation Fiela and on foreign operations and training.

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Keeping Zuma healthy 'an expensive business'

2014-04-04 11:48

According to Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the cost of running the Presidential Medical Unit in 2013/14 was just over R11.5 million to date.

Gupta guests want white staff - Cosatu

2013-05-02 18:20

Cosatu alleges that guests attending the Gupta wedding are insisting that only white staff assist them at Sun City, a report states.


SANDF soldiers accused of terrorising immigrant shack dwellers

2019-07-23 13:28

Mozambican nationals say SA National Defence Force soldiers beat 11 of them and residents of Happiness Village, eats of Johannesburg, say they witnessed the incident.

SANDF to send a high-level team to Mozambique after shooting incident

2019-06-18 21:55

The SANDF will be sending a high-level team to Mozambique to investigate a shooting incident that left two Mozambican border police officers dead.

18 armies just took part in a crazy tank race in Russia – and South Africa came dead last

2018-07-30 15:43

It took South Africa nearly an hour to complete an Army Games 2018 tank race with an average time of just over 32 minutes.

SANDF members alleged to have committed torture and assault in DRC

2018-02-11 12:50

SA National Defence Force members serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been accused of assault and torture, its spokesperson said on Sunday.

The funding we receive doesn't meet the country's ambitions - SA Army chief

SA Army Chief, Lt-General Lindile Yam, decried the lack of funding and the state of equipment available to him, in the wake of last week's fire at Wallmannstal Depot that destroyed 83 military vehicles. Watch.

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Minister of Defence hears land ownership battles between clans on Mozambique border

Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, visited SANDF troops deployed under Operation Corona this week, and engaged with local communities. Watch.

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SANDF unlawfully dismisses HIV+ recruits

2014-07-30 12:11

The SA National Defence Force is ignoring HIV policy, which declares any discrimination against HIV-positive members unconstitutional.

Eleven poachers killed in Kruger this year

2014-01-22 14:33

According to SA National Parks eleven rhino poachers have been killed in the Kruger National Park since the beginning of the year.

CNN links military plane crash to Mandela

The SANDF military aircraft that crashed into the Drakensberg has been linked to Mandela by CNN. Watch.

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