Fact file: GOC Joint Operations

The Roll of General Officers Commanding the Joint Operations Division
·         Lt Gen Themba Templeton Matanzima                      September 1, 2007 – present
·         Lt Gen Sipho Zacharia Binda                                    June 1, 2005 to September 2006[1]
·         Lt Gen Godfrey Ngwenya                                         January 1, 2001 to May 31, 2005[2]
·         Lt Gen Deon Ferreira[3]                                      August 1, 1997 to December 31, 2000 

[1] After Gen Binda died of heart failure following a motor vehicle collision, the post was filled by several officers in an acting capacity.     
[2] Promoted C SANDF
[3] Known as “The Falcon”, Ferreira was a legend in his time. He commanded the counterinsurgency 32 Battalion from 1979 and later became Sector 20 commander. As such he commanded the ad hoc 20 Brigade that formed the South African strike force in Operation Moduler in late 1987.