Monthly Archives:October 2016

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SOUTH AFRICA REPRESENTED AT THE 8TH ICOAF IN AMSTERDAM

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DATE: 03 OCTOBER 2016

SOUTH AFRICA REPRESENTED AT THE 8TH ICOAF IN AMSTERDAM
The Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima is representing South Africa at the 8th International Conference of Armed Forces (8ICOAF) in the Netherlands starting from 3-5 October 2016.
The conference theme for this year is the role of Ombudsman Institutions before, during and after international missions. The aim of the congress is to strengthen cooperation and share good practices among independent institutions in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms within and by the armed forces.
The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 indicated a shift from militancy to a humane-oriented dispensation. As such the retuning members are citizen in uniform and deserve utmost respect and validation of their human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa.
The Military Ombud was established in 2012 to investigate and ensure that complaints by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are resolved in a fair, economical and expeditious manner. The Office is entrusted with the responsibility of investigating complaints brought by members of the SANDF who are not satisfied with their conditions of service. The Office also investigate complaints brought by members of the public against SANDF personnel whilst on duty
The Ombud’s institutions power of oversight must ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans programmes that address returning personnel from international peace missions.
International missions have become increasingly common and expanded in time and scope. Today, thousands of personnel are currently serving in ongoing United Nations peacekeeping operations, along with numerous regional missions led by the African Union, the European Union, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
We recognise that international missions constitute an important contribution to international peace and security. Because of the international command structure, military personnel can be subject to different and sometimes contradictory procedures. Good cooperation between the Ombud’s institutions, monitoring the wellbeing of military personnel before, during and after missions, is therefore essential.
Gen Matanzima says his personnel’s have been busy on the road visiting various military bases throughout to inculcate the rights of the members as far as their conditions of service are concerned.
“Our task is massive in ensuring harmonious resolve of disputes between employer and employee within the defence community, the Office has processed more than a thousand complaints to date and has received cooperation from the department of defence in the implementations of the Ombud recommendations ” says Matanzima.
South Africa Military Ombud will host the 10th ICOAF in October 2018 in Pretoria.
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Issued by the Military Ombud. For more information contact Enquiries: Ms Nthombikayise Mdluli Jacha Head of Communication on 062 504 7717/ 012 676 3812 Email: JachaQ@milombud.org

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Military Ombud pays tribute to outgoing Public Protector

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DATE: 14 October 2016
Military Ombud pays tribute to outgoing Public Protector
South African Military Ombud, Lt Gen (Ret) TT Matanzima has described outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as a courageous woman who has restored confidence in Chapter 09 Institutions through her work.
Matanzima said the outgoing Public Protector has been a beacon of hope to many ordinary citizens of this country. “Her dedication and sterling work is all evident through the success of the cases she has conducted in the Office. There was no case too big, nor too small during her seven year term of Office.
“She has served and worked tirelessly to serve the interest of all South Africans from all walks of life. Through the feedback she has received from the general public, it is highly evident that her leadership as a Public Protector was a resounding success. She has set a good example of the public office indeed,” said Matanzima.
Matanzima said she (Madonsela) delivered on the mandate of the Office she has been spearheading in accordance with the Constitution of our country.
He also commended her for the extraordinary effort and professional advice she has given to the former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu MP on the establishment of the Office of the Military Ombud.
Matanzima said the Public Protector’s Office did a good work in assisting soldiers whose cases could not be resolved by the Department of Defence before the establishment of the Office of the Military Ombud. “There are a number of soldiers who got assistance from the Public Protector Office as there was no Military Ombud institution in the country prior 2012,” mentioned Matanzima.
The Office of the Military Ombud is a statutory body established in terms of the Military Ombud Act, 4 of 2012 to investigate complaints lodged by either current of former members of the South African National Defence Force regarding conditions of service and complaints lodged by the public regarding the official conduct of members of the Defence Force.
The Lt Gen (Ret) also took the opportunity to welcome the newly appointed Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane on her role for the coming 7 years. “I look forward to working closely with her and strengthening the cooperation between our two Offices,” said Matanzima.
The two offices recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide for co-operative framework between the two institutions of government with a view to sharing information and enhancing the effectiveness of the two institutions on matters of common interest.
Issued by the Military Ombud. For more information contact Enquiries: Ms Nthombikayise Mdluli Jacha Head of Communication on 062 504 7717/ 012 676 3812 Email: JachaQ@milombud.org

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Military Ombud and Military Veterans signed MoU

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DATE: 04 October 2016
Military Ombud and Military Veterans signed MoU
The South African Military Ombud Office and the Department of Military Veterans have committed to work together by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide regulated cooperation for the mutual benefits of those served by the two institutions respectively.
The purpose of this MoU is to provide for co-operative framework between the two institutions of government with a view to sharing information and enhancing the effectiveness of the two institutions on matters of common interest.
South African Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima said, “this MoU is a victory for the Military Veterans as their cases will be attended expeditiously on investigation of unresolved matters between former members and their employer- Department of Military Veterans,” said Matanzima.
“It is important to note that with this MoU we will now have full cooperation from the Department when we want to access information for cases brought to our Offices by the Veterans.
Office of the Military Ombud is a statutory body established in terms of the Military Ombud Act, 4 of 2012 to investigate complaints lodged by current and former members of the South African National Defence Force regarding conditions of service and complaints lodged by the public regarding the official conduct of members of the Defence Force.
“Our institutions need each other as we endeavour to assist the former troops with their grievances and our commitment to work with one another benefits many of those who require our undivided attention,” said Matanzima
The two institutions have agreed that they will endeavour to resolve any dispute or misunderstanding through consultation, negotiation and or mediation.
Matanzima also mentioned that the operation and effectiveness of this MoU will be formally reviewed by the parties on each anniversary date or unless otherwise determined by the parties.
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Issued by the Military Ombud. For more information contact Enquiries: Ms Nthombikayise Mdluli Jacha Head of Communication on 062 504 7717/ 012 676 3812 Email: JachaQ@milombud.org