Unabridged statement: Department of Defence: SANDU protests

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UNBECOMING BEHAVIOUR OF MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE UNION AT MLITARY FACILITIES

The Department of Defence (DOD) notes with dismay the behaviour of the suspended members of the South African National Defence Union (SANDU) at various SANDF Installations in full SANDF regalia.

SANDU knowingly encourages its members to take part in illegal activities that render them in breach of the Defence Act 4 of 1957 and to commit acts prejudice to the Military Disciplinary Code (MDC). Our resolve is to ensure that the SA National Defense Force remains a structured and disciplined Force. The Defence Act 44 of 1957 states;

Para 8. “……members have the right to peaceful and unarmed assembly, demonstration, picket and petition and to present petitions in their private capacity; provided that such rights shall not be exercised;
(a)……whilst in uniform or wearing any part of a uniform or display any insignia linked to the Defence Force (SANDF) in a manner which indicates in any other way employment in the Defence Force (SANDF) or the Department of Defence….”

Furthermore, the acrimonious insinuations by SANDU and its members that the judgement handed down on the 1st December 2010 by the Gauteng North High Court implies and or compels their suspended members to return to work, is palpably misleading not only to its members but to the people of the Republic of South Africa.

The judgment handed down did not seek to address the suspension of its members but rather the processes followed to place these ill-disciplined members of SANDU on suspension. Discipline is non-negotiable in the SANDF. The DOD supported by Cabinet will be appealing the judgment.

ENDS.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)

Pretoria



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