Former SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lindile Yam is now SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief of Staff and his position at Army headquarters will be filled by an acting chief until the new appointee assumes duties next year.
Current deputy chief Major General “Mannetjies” de Goede will be in command of the landward force until Lieutenant General Thabiso Mokhosi takes up the position. Mokhosi is currently on sick leave.
The 51-year-old Mokhosi was born in Port Elizabeth and, like many of his age, left South Africa to join Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC. He completed basic military training in Angola in 1985 and an advanced engineering demolition course in the Ukraine the following year.
Following his return to South Africa and integration into the SANDF, Mokhosi successfully completed various courses and programmes including one on strategic leadership at the SA Army College Peace Mission Training Centre, junior command and staff duties, executive national security (now security and defence studies) at the SANDF College as well as a Royal College of Defence Studies international security and strategy course in London.
From a small arms and engineering instructor in Quibaxe Camp, Angola, to an MK task team in Tanzania, company commander in the National Peacekeeping Force, 4 SA Infantry Battalion company commander, Grade One staff officer Infantry Systems Research and Development, Officer Commanding SA Mechanised Regiment Central and Commandant SA Army College, these are some of the posts Mokhosi has filled in his military career. Latterly he was personal staff officer to the SANDF Chief as well as director, peace support operations and General Officer Commanding Joint Operations headquarters.
On 8 November, the SANDF will have a change of office parade to mark Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo being replaced by Yam as Chief of Staff, at the SA Military Health Service Training Formation in Thaba Tshwane. Yam assumed his new role as Chief of Staff on 1 November.
Masondo was appointed as Military Ombud effective 1 November, replacing retired lieutenant general Themba Matanzima, who retired from the Ombud post. Masondo will be sworn in by SANDF Chief, General Solly Shoke, during a scheduled swearing-in ceremony after the change of office parade.