SANDF not “a petty party political organisation”
A weekend warning by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) president and commander in chief Julius Malema that “soldiers are going to turn their guns” on President Jacob Zuma is against the Constitution which specifies the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is a non-partisan institution. Speaking at the launch of his party’s local election manifesto in Johannesburg, Malema is reported as having said: “I am whispering to you Zuma, wherever you are, those soldiers are going to turn their guns against you. Leave office before the soldiers turn against you. The army is EFF”. He apparently went on to say that Zuma would not be president by 2019 - “the army is going to take up arms against the government. This army will turn”. A defenceWeb request for comment from the SANDF drew a diplomatic response from Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga, Director: Corporate Communications. “The SANDF would like to urge individuals or organisations not to draw it into petty party politics or use their freedom of expression to spread propaganda for war or incite members of the SANDF to engage in any acts that can be tantamount to mutiny or that can contribute to depose or change the government.