Military Ombud to host annual symposium next week


The South African Military Ombud will mark its 7th Annual Symposium on Friday 26 April at Emperors Palace. It will be celebrated under the theme, “The Role of Oversight over Armed Forces in the Contemporary African Context”.

This stakeholder dialogue will see different role players within the armed forces in the continent coming together to share best practices, the Ombud’s office said.

The overarching goal for the session is to provide in-depth discussions and exchange views on the nexus between civil-military relations and the emerging narrative of oversight over the armed forces in the contemporary African context.

Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima remarked that the successful institutionalisation of effective oversight over the military is a necessary step for the consolidation of democracy. “This is particularly relevant in many parts of Africa where the military still is and used to be a key player in authoritarian regimes, ”said Matanzima.

Matanzima is optimistic that the involvement of academia, military analysts, defence attachés, ombud practitioners and experts from international organisations at the Symposium will achieve the intended outcomes on the advancement of armed forces in the areas of legislative mandates, accountability, good governance and the protection of human rights amongst others.

Speakers include the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Hon Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa- Nqakula, Maj Gen Trust Mugoba: AU Peace and Security, Adv. Vasu Gounden: Executive Director ACCORD, Prof. Sandy Africa: Institute of Political and Strategic Affairs, Prof. Thomas Mandrup: Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) – Stellenbosch University, Dr. Michelle Nel, Vice Dean: Military Academy-Stellenbosch University, Adv. Kevin Malunga: Deputy Public Protector, Dr. Ishmael Theletsane: School of Defence Organisation and Resource Management, Military Academy-Stellenbosch University.