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MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE SA NATIONAL DEFENCE UNION
SANDU HQ, Pretoria, Friday, 24 April 2015

UNLAWFUL USE OF SOLDIERS AS GATE GUARDS BY THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE

SANDU condemns the unlawful and illegal employment and deployment of 12 soldiers from 4 SA Infantry Battalion, who have been used since February 2015 as gate guards at the private residence of the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe.

This constitutes a flagrant violation of the Defence Act and the SA Constitution’s prescriptions and requirements relating to the utilisation of the SANDF for civilian duties. The protection of Cabinet members and their deputies remains an SAPS function, carried out by the SAPS VIP Protection Unit.

The utilization of the soldiers in the aforementioned role is even more objectionable, given the fact that VIP police protectors already guard the Deputy Minister, a fact that his office now falsely seeks to deny. Furthermore, Matphatsoe’s spokesman’s explanation that he lives in a cluster home is also a blatant lie as he lives in a security complex which has its own security guards.

Kebby Maphatsoe seems to think that his status and appointment entitles him to act above the law and affords him special privileges. Maphatsoe will do well to remember that the SANDF is not his fiefdom and that soldiers are not guerrilla bush fighters to be utilised at his leisure.

The fact that the SANDF refuses to authorise the payment of allowances to the 12 affected soldiers provides proof that the deployment is unlawful and irregular. The soldiers are rightly aggrieved and, under the circumctances, demand to be sent back to their base. They are being grossly misused as private gate swingers when this country has spent thousands of tax Rands to train them as combat Infantry soldiers.

SANDU demands that the Department of Defence immediately address this irregularity and take decisive action against Maphatsoe who is an embarrassment to the Department and South Africa.

The Deputy Minister must be fired.

If this issue is not addressed immediately, SANDU will take legal action and obtain a court order to remedy the situation.

Adv JG (Pikkie) GREEFF
NATIONAL SECRETARY: SANDU

 

 


BREAKING NEWS: NEW AND EXISTING SANDU MEMBERS CAN NOW PAY MEMBERSHIP FEES VIA DEBIT ORDER FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!

SANDU is proud to bring the soldiers of the SANDF a new membership initiative! All members, including those wanting to join South Africa's biggest Military Trade Union SANDU, can now pay membership fees BY DEBIT ORDER!

The fees are broken down as follows:

R26 administration fee (once off).

R85 pm thereafter.

Benefits of joining SANDU and paying membership fees via debit order are as follows:

  1. Your membership deductions are taken from your bank account and no longer from your salary via the SANDF.
  2. You become an exclusive Soldiers Legal Guard (SLG) members. This benefit covers the legal costs and expenses of all SANDU members, should you require a lawyer to represent you in litigation proceedings.
  3. As a SANDU member you now have the benefit of professional, countrywide, debt negotiators who will restructure affordable lower payments to your creditors, leaving you with enough money to pay for your everyday essential living expenses. No more aggressive phone calls from credit departments, no more lost income due to unlawful Emolument Attachment Orders (garnishing orders). No more sleepless nights wondering what will happen to your family when you are not there. This means you will become financially independent the smart way and earn the respect of others. Our highly trained professionals will help you manage your creditors and plan your future. You can enjoy the full protection of the law within 5 working days after a short consultation with our experienced and accredited professionals.

Please note that, along with the SANDU Debit Order form, a SANDU Membership application form MUST be filled in by new SANDU applicants.

Current SANDU members may now switch to the debit order system by indicating at the bottom of the debit order form that they wish to do so.

Membership application and debit order forms can be downloaded here.

DONT DELAY! JOIN SANDU TODAY! THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU!