Military discipline not properly enforced says DFSC


Pillars in defence forces and militaries worldwide are command, control and discipline with all three to a greater or lesser extent under the microscope by the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC).

In a presentation on its behalf by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief Director: Human Resources Vice Admiral Asiel Kubu to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD), three DFSC command and control findings are reportedly disputed as incorrect by the department (of defence) and no further action is envisaged.

The DFSC findings were evidence of a lack of stability and leadership by officers commanding; they are apparently unable to enforce command and control, discipline and military disciplinary hearings; and “non-visitations of the MoDMV (Minister of Defence and Military Veterans) and general officers commanding (GOCs) to military units and bases.

The DFSC “strongly recommended” regular visits by Minister Thandi Modise or a person representing her. On the discipline side the DFSC wants warrant officers – traditionally the backbone of military discipline – to be accorded “greater status, responsibility and power”.

On discipline in the SANDF, overall the DFSC gave the nod of approval to the Military Discipline Bill which, it said, is receiving the highest priority and has been tabled at various command councils.

Another recommendation is for military disciplinary matters to be delegated back to officers commanding.