Maphatsoe meets Military Ombud


The man at the helm of military veterans’ affairs in South Africa this week met with the country’s military ombudsman to cement a relationship created by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year.

Retired lieutenant general Temba Matanzima told Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Kebby Maphatsoe, the MOU would see cases involving veterans “attended to expeditiously”.

In response Maphatsoe said the Ombud office has assisted a number of former soldiers.
“I have met people who are happy with investigation outcomes of the Military Ombud. As military veterans we are happy there is strong oversight in the form of the Ombud, as we learn to do things the correct way there is someone watching.”

The meeting follows the October signing of the MOU which commits the Department of Military Veterans and the Military Ombud to work together to ensure veterans’ grievances were attended to.

The DMV/Ombud MOU will also see co-operation extended to include information sharing and “enhancing effectiveness on matters of common interest” a statement said.