Parliamentary Question: Disciplinary action againt SASFU president




Mr D.J. Maynier to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

1. Whether in the light of the public statements made by Lieutenant Commander Bheki Mvovo, President of the South African Security Forces Union, concerning the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice-Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, any disciplinary action was taken; if so (a) what disciplinary action was taken and (b) what was the outcome of such disciplinary action; if not, why not? NW 1405E

1. The Department of Defence has initiated actions against Lieutenant Commander Mvovo in a twofold manner.
a.b. First, regarding the specific comments directed against Vice-Admiral Mudimu, the SA Navy has investigated the matter, and subsequently initiated the formal disciplinary process. The requisite documentation has been submitted to the Legal Satellite Office in Simon’s Town for further processing. The nature of the final outcome of this disciplinary action is awaited, and will be determined by the due administrative / legal process.

Second, regarding the comments made by Lieutenant Commander Mvovo subsequent to the illegal protest action of members of the South African Security Forces Union and other members in August 2009, the Department of Defence secured an interdict against, inter alia, the South African Security Forces Union and Lieutenant Commander Mvovo on 02 September 2009. The interdict, awarded by Judge Bill Prinsloo (case 53941/09), instructs the proponents to desist from making inflammatory statements intended to incite mutiny, revolt and illegal behaviour.