South African Army bids farewell to General Yam


The South African Army hosted a farewell parade for former Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, who is the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) new Chief of Staff.

The parade was held at the Pretoria Military Sports Club on 24 January and saw around a hundred soldiers taking part, with military bands, choirs and gun salutes marking the end of Yam’s tenure as Chief of the Army.

“I have served the SANDF unreservedly, often to the detriment of myself and my family. I did this because of my strong belief in loyalty to my country and its people. It is a special day for me but it is also a time to take up a new designation,” Yam is quoted by the Pretoria News as saying.

Yam was promoted to Lieutenant-General and assumed command of the South African Army in January 2016.

With effect from 1 November 2019, a number of promotions and transfers were made at the SANDF’s senior level, with Yam reassigned as SANDF Chief of Staff, replacing outgoing Lieutenant-General Vusumuzi Masondo, who in turn replaces the former military ombudsman, Lieutenant-General Themba Matanzima, who has retired.