SANDF condemns soldier for alleged criminality


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has strongly condemned the alleged involvement of one of its members in criminal activity after a robbery in the Vhembe district, Limpopo that took place on 23 April.

Police in Limpopo said they arrested a South African National Defence Force soldier and one other suspect.

According to a police statement on Tuesday, members of the Limpopo tracking team received information about a group of suspects who were planning to commit a cash-in-transit heist in the Vhembe area.

After following up on the information, police tracked down the suspects who had just robbed a business in Nzhelele, before speeding off towards Thohoyandou.

After a car chase, the police eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the two. The vehicle that the suspects were travelling in had military registration plates, the statement said.
“Preliminary investigations found that the BMW belongs to the SANDF VIP section and that the driver is an employee of the SANDF,” police said.

Police also recovered a 9mm pistol with the serial number filed off, blue dash lights, registration plates, and over R2 000 in cash. “Members of a tracking team followed up and…three cars with altered chassis numbers were found,” the statement said.
“The SANDF condemns actions of this nature and wants to assure the public that it has a zero tolerance towards criminal behaviour by its members. Harsh measures will be taken against those found to have contravened its Code of Conduct,” the SANDF said.