Stay of execution on SANDF warrants of arrest


Warrants of arrest for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, the Chief of the SA Air Force (SAAF) and the Defence Secretary have been withdrawn by the North Gauteng High Court.

The warrants, issued by Judge Teffo earlier this week, were for the three apparently being in contempt of a court order pertaining to the reinstatement of four SAAF military skills development (MSD) members brought by Sandu (SA National Defence Union).

Welcoming what he termed “the stay of execution”, Department of Defence (DoD) head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini said it had been the department’s “contention and interpretation” the matter would serve before the court on July 22 as stipulated by the provisional court order of May 30 this year.
“Our interpretation has been confirmed by the court. Furthermore we do not have to reinstate the applicants pending the July 22 appearance.”

The four joined the SAAF using the MSD package and were trained as firefighters on completion of basic training. They were deployed at AFB Waterkloof in Centurion and on completion of two year’s service, as specified by the MSD package, were apparently not offered extensions to their contracts. Sandu maintains this could have been done because there were positions available and took up the matter on behalf of the four.