Unabridged statement: Minister of Defence: Redeployment of General Ngwenya

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DATE: MONDAY 13 DECEMBER 2010

SUBJECT: COMMMANDE-IN-CHIEF REDEPLOYS THE CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans takes the honour and pleasure to announce the redeployment of the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), General Godfrey Ngwenya.

The President of the Republic of South Africa and Commander in Chief, His Excellency Jacob Zuma has appointed the Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Godfrey Ngwenya as Ambassador designate to the Republic of Angola.

The posting is most fitting given that General Ngwenya spent his formative military years in that country where he underwent his military training and rose through the ranks and assumed his military leadership responsibilities. He was the last soldier to leave Angola to assume a new responsibility of creating a new SANDF that is founded on our country’s Constitutional values.

General Ngwenya has shown his military and strategic leadership over the years. His depth of political understanding has enabled him to lead the SANDF through its transformation to where it is today. His redeployment as our Ambassador to Angola only fitting since it was in that country that he cut his “military” teeth

Under his leadership and guidance, General Ngwenya, an astute and accomplished natural leader, diligently served the country and inspired the loyal men and women in uniform of the SANDF to take a giant leap in ensuring that the citizens of South Africa are and feel safe.

The handover parade will take place in January 2011 on a date which will be announced in due course. Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima is the appointed acting Chief of the SANDF.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Department of Defence and Military Veterans and Senior Management of the SANDF wish to express their greatest gratitude to General Ngwenya for his steadfast allegiance and to also wish him and his entire family all of the best in his future endeavours.

ENDS.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)

Pretoria



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