Ramaphosa names Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as new SANDF chief
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as the new chief of the South African National Defence Force SANDF.
His appointment takes effect from June 1, Ramaphosa said on Wednesday night, in his capacity as the commander-in-chief of the SANDF. Ramaphosa was announcing new chiefs of the Military Command Council in light of the scheduled retirement of a number of generals, to ensure a “seamless and well-organised” handover from one group to another.
Maphanya replaces Gen Solly Zacharia Shoke, who retires at the end of May.
Among other appointments, Ramaphosa said Maj-Gen Thalita Mxakato would be the chief of defence intelligence, the first woman to be appointed to the SANDF military command.
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