Soldier killed in Infantry School training incident


The Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans says a Reserve Force corporal was fatally wounded in a training incident at the South African Army’s Infantry School at Oudtshoorn in the south of the Western Cape province.

Brigadier General Marthie Visser in a joint statement by the Chief of the South African National Defence Force and minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the non-commissioned officer was shot and killed yesterday morning at about 9.35am.

“Members of the Senior Infantry Non-Commissioned Officers’ Course were busy with Crowd Control Training at Kansasvlakte when one of the learners shot Corporal Tuis Dimakatso Malitisi (36) of Regiment Christiaan Beyers in Polokwane,” Visser said.

Kansasvlakte is a locality in the school’s training area, west of the School and the town.

“The corporal was immediately evacuated to the Oudtshoorn Provincial Hospital and was declared dead on arrival,” Visser added.

She could not add further detail save that Malitisi was an instructor. The learner has not been arrested.

“An investigation by South African Police Service and a Board of Inquiry by South African National Defence Force has since been convened. Funeral arrangements of the deceased will be announced once confirmed by their next of kin.

“Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the Acting Secretary for Defence, Mr Tsepe Motumi, the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Godfrey Ngwenya and Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Solly Shoke have extended their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” Visser said.