Sisulu receives defence commission report

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pretoria - Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has received the Report of the Interim National Defence Force Service Commission, she said on Tuesday.

Addressing the National Assembly, the minister said the intention to establish the commission was expressed before the "shameful conduct by a small ill-disciplined faction of the Defence Force" at the Union Buildings last August.

At the time, soldiers belonging to the South African National Defence Force Union embarked on a violent protest at the Union Buildings over a wage dispute and conditions of their service.

Subsequently, the commission was set up on 9 September 2009 following Cabinet approval of the creation of a new dispensation for the force.

The investigation and the provision of advice on remuneration and conditions of service of members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), as well as advice on the regulatory framework for the unique service dispensation, were some of the terms of reference of the brief of the commission.

Minister Sisulu thanked the 10-member commission, which is chaired by presiding judge of the Boeremag trial, Judge Lebotsang Ronnie Bosielo of the North Gauteng High Court. It also includes opposition party members.

"Appointing members from such diverse backgrounds allowed us, for the first time in this dispensation, to have a birds-eye view of the SANDF since 1994. The observations therefore span a period of 15 years," she said.

The report will undergo the normal process of being submitted to Cabinet and then to the Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu.