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Please keep on praying for our soldiers.

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE SA NATIONAL DEFENCE UNION
SANDU HQ, Pretoria, Tuesday, 26 April 2016

SA NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE LOSES 3RD ATTEMPT TO ACT AGAINST UNION BUILDINGS SOLDIERS, OUTSIDE OF THE CONSTITUTION

On 25 April 2016 a disciplinary tribunal ruled in favour of SANDU, finding that the SANDF does not have the right to attempt to hold disciplinary hearings outside of the military justice system's courts.

After previously suffering two legal defeats in the SCA for attempting to dismiss, without any hearing, soldiers accused of misconduct at the Union Buildings in 2009, and having forfeited the 3-year period it had to trial those members in a military court, the SANDF decided to subject the soldiers to a disciplinary hearing similar to that in the civilian world, presided over by retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo.

During the proceedings, SANDU objected successfully that the SANDF had no constitutional and legal right to evade its own military court system, entrenched in law and designed to ensure swift military discipline.

The fact is that, had the SANDF, from the very start in 2009, simply used their own military courts to trial the affected soldiers, the matter would long since have been put to rest. Instead, the SANDF took poor legal advice and lost twice in the SCA, both times attempting to fire soldiers without a hearing.

All the while, over 500 soldiers have been kept on so called 'special leave' at home, with full benefits, for the past 6 years and 7 months, at a total cost of R560m in salary, while the SANDF attempted to implement its poor legal decision making. The entire matter has become a national embarrassment for government and the military command.

SANDU demands that its members on special leave be returned to their bases and units, to start serving South Africa again. This union will not hesitate to enforce this demand through an order of court.

SANDU also vows to take legal action by suing the SANDF for career stagnation of the affected members.

Adv JG (Pikkie) GREEFF
NATIONAL SECRETARY: SANDU

[Download the ruling HERE in PDF file format]

IMPORTANT NEWS!!

Were you found not guilty in the Heidelberg trial for the Union Buildings incident of 2009?

Were you involved in the PI at Zeerust for the same case but then had the charges against you withdrawn?

If you fall into any of these 2 categories, SANDU can assist you in suing the Department of Defence for damages to your career.

All you have to do is print the attached questionnaire, fill in all the details, and FAX it to our head office at 012 344 1705 or scan and mail the completed document to sandulegal@gmail.com

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!