General Buthelezi officially Acting Chief of the SA Air Force

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Major General Mzayifani Innocent Buthelezi is officially the Acting Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), following the retirement of Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang after eight years in the post.

Chie of the SA National Defence Force, General Solly Shoke, appointed Buthelezi with effect from 1 October until a permanent incumbent is appointed.

This is according to a 20 October statement by Brigadier General Hilton Smith, Director: SA Air Force (SAAF) Corporate Staff Services.

Msimang retired on 30 September as he had reached 60 years of age, which is the mandatory retirement age in the SANDF. His appointment date was 1 October 2012, succeeding Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano.

Buthelezi was appointed as Deputy Chief of the SA Air Force in June 2017. He was previously serving as Director Air Transport and Maritime Systems.

Mzayifani Innocent Buthelezi was born on 20 May 1965 in Durban. He is married with four dependants.

He has a National Diploma in Joint and Multinational Operations, received in October 2011, and in 2006 received the Occupational Directed Education Training Development Unit Standard. He also completed the Senior Management Programme in 2009.



In addition to being fluent in English and Zulu, Buthelezi has ‘fair’ skills in reading, writing and speaking Portuguese and Russian, according to his CV.