SANDU has no mandate to question the decision to deploy the army in Alexandra

Picture: sabc.co.za

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, yesterday made an announcement of the deployment of the South African National Defence Force in Alexandra, east of Johannesburg, after the xenophobic attacks in the area spiralled out of control.

This was also after a man was murdered in cold blood and in full view of the residents. The tragic incident was captured by a journalist while it transpired. Capetalk’s John Maytham spoke to Pikkie Greeff, National Secretary of South African National Defence Union (SANDU), about the concerns over the meaning of SANDF deployment to handle the outbreak of xenophobic violence in what is essentially a civilian issue.

The union doesn’t really have a mandate to judge the merits of the decision of the deployment of the SANDF, which is of course the prerogative of the commander in chief and the SANDF command structure. So our mandate it is more aimed at seeing that while troops are deployed or employed in any role in South Africa that service conditions, equipment and so on is looked after.

Greeff further said that as the union they are in no position to scrutinise the rights and wrongs of the deployment because the Defence Act does allow for this kind of deployment where the authorities would believe that the police need the assistance of the Defence Force.

According to Greeff, Emmanuel Sithole’s death was a game changer. The government had made announcement that the situation was under control only to change 24 hours later after the Sunday Times published the brutal murder of Sithole.


This article first appeared on 702 : SANDU has no mandate to question the decision to deploy the army in Alexandra


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Everything set for Nigerian elections, says electoral commission

Everything set for Nigerian elections, says electoral commission

The electoral commission's chairman has told voters that everything is ready for them to head to polling stations on Saturday.

Lawrence Mrwebi's memory foggy over incriminating evidence on Mdluli case

Lawrence Mrwebi's memory foggy over incriminating evidence on Mdluli case

Evidence presented at Mokgoro Inquiry suggests Mrwebi was acting in the interests of Richard Mdluli and Crime Intelligence.

Muizenberg boardwalk is secure, we're taking back our area, says safety boss

Muizenberg boardwalk is secure, we're taking back our area, says safety boss

Muizenberg Improvement District says safety volunteers are working closely with law enforcement agencies to monitor the area.

Cheeky Vrye Weekblad makes a comeback as digital publication

Cheeky Vrye Weekblad makes a comeback as digital publication

The the historic Afrikaans newspaper that investigated the apartheid-era government a quarter of a century ago is making a return.

Parliamentarians plot plan of action for Constitutional amendment on land

Parliamentarians plot plan of action for Constitutional amendment on land

The committee was briefed by Parliament's legal services team and the committee discussed the programme of action to follow.

Eskom's R69 billion lifeline may help keep tariffs down, says energy analyst

Eskom's R69 billion lifeline may help keep tariffs down, says energy analyst

The cash-strapped power utility will get R69 billion over the next three years, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced.

Popular articles
What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

 'In this area, the DA has failed on every metric of good local governance'

'In this area, the DA has failed on every metric of good local governance'

Daily Maverick associate editor Ferial Haffajee says they have been investigating how the DA leads in local communities.

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

A woman was attacked on her way to work earlier this month.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.