Notice served to protesting soldiers
Soldiers placed on special leave after an illegal protest at the Union Buildings will receive official notice to return to their home units, the military said
“The letters serve as an official instruction for the members to report back to their home units,” SA National Defence Force Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said.
“Members who could not be reached due to change of address or any other administrative matter are encouraged to contact their units.”
He said this would assist in finalising all necessary arrangements to conclude the matter.
On Tuesday military labour union, the SA National Defence Union (Sandu), resisted the general recall, arguing an announcement made through the media was unofficial.
The union’s national secretary JG Greeff said the matter was still pending before the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The SANDF announcement, he said, bypassed Sandu’s mandate to represent the soldiers.
“The defence corporate communication section of the SANDF seems to be under the misapprehension that the military chain of command could be conducted through the media.”
Greeff said any action against members would be opposed, including with legal action.
However on Thursday Mabanga reminded SANDF members they volunteered to be enlisted and therefore were subject to the military disciplinary code.
In 2009 a wage protest by around 1,000 soldiers descended into chaos when the group tried to get into the perimeter of the Union Buildings. Police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the crowd who taunted police, threw a petrol bomb into a car, and vandalised others.