Malema Address Sparks Military Alert

viagra order geneva;”>Military bases across the country have reportedly been placed on high alert ahead of the former ANC Youth League leader’s address to members of the national defence force.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula issued a strongly worded statement on Tuesday night, saying ill-discipline in the military was a direct threat to the country’s security and was counter-revolutionary.

“It has been the expressed intention of [Julius] Malema that his activities in the mining sector are aimed at rendering the sector ‘ungovernable’, thereby undermining the economy. The country cannot afford for similar instability in the military.

“The SANDF is the last line of defence of the sovereignty of the country. We cannot allow anyone to play political football with this institution.”

Mapisa-Nqakula says no soldiers have been permitted to attend the gathering. She says any soldier who left the military base without permission will be subjected to the defence force’s “disciplinary code”.

“No permission has been granted by the SANDF’s command structures for any soldiers to participate in the proposed gathering.

“Any member who does so without proper permission will be subjected to the disciplinary code of the SANDF. The compromise of discipline within the SANDF is a threat to the security of our country and all our people.”


Speaking to SABC News this morning, the minister said she did not understand what Malema hoped to achieve with his “politicking”.

“The defence force is the last line of (protection) for the sovereignty of our country.

“If you are approached by the defence force members…who have genuine concerns about their own circumstances, I would expect that a responsible citizen would then take those letters forward to the department of defence.”

Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman says the release of the statement is an interesting development in the wake of Malema’s call for a nationwide strike by miners across South Africa.

“Certainly, I don’t see that any military would allow a politician such as Mr Malema to go on base to talk to troops.”

Heitman says Malema’s actions could be seen as “mutinous” and “seditious”.

He added that soldiers would be allowed to attend the gathering off base, so long as it was not during working hours.

Suspended ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu says the address is a result of requests sent by soldiers to Malema, for him to go and listen to their troubles.
Shivambu says the soldiers’ complaints include low salaries and being threatened with dismissal.

Malema has visited Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West and several others in Gauteng to urge miners not to return to work until they receive an improved salary of R12,500.

He has warned striking miners, saying they are being exploited by mine bosses.

Meanwhile, the South African National Defence Union says the military is over-reacting by putting bases on high alert.

The union’s national secretary, Pikkie Greef, says: “It’s typical of the military’s arrogance in managing soldiers and trying to dictate to them who they are allowed to listen to and who not.

They really proved by their conduct in reaction to this, why soldiers are disgruntled.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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