Mr D.J. Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
1. How many grievances in respect of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are (a) unresolved and (b) have been unresolved for more than (i) six months, (ii) one year and (iii) three years;
2. How many grievances in respect of the (a) SA Army, (b) SA Navy, and (c) SA Military Health Services are (i) unresolved and (ii) have been unresolved for more than (aa) six months, (bb) one year and (cc) three years;
3. Whether there are any plans in place to reduce the number of grievances; if not, why not; if so, what plans?
The Department of Defence (DOD) has developed a “New Grievance Mechanism” in the form of Individual Grievances Regulations for both Members of the SANDF and employees falling under the Public Service Act (PSAP). These Regulations were signed by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 8 June 2010 and subsequently published in Government Gazette No: 33334 dated 30 June 2010. We will now submit all grievances through this process, which will be fairer and faster.