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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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Reaching out to Free State Military bases

The South African Military Ombud Office will embark in a three day outreach programme at different Military bases in the Free State Province go to this website. The outreach programme is aimed at informing the members of the force about the mandate and existence of the office.

These outreach engagement, the Office will most importantly educate the Military personnel on the processes that need to be followed when lodging a complaint with the Office after exhausting all internal processes within the Defence Department.

The office of the Military Ombud was launched in 2012 to investigate complaints by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members regarding conditions of service. The Office also investigates complaints lodged by the public regarding the official conduct of SANDF members whilst performing their official duties.

Details as follows;

  • Dates17 August – Ladybrand Operation Base and Fouriesburg;
  • 18 August 2015 – 2 Field Engineering Regt in Bethlehem;
  • 19 August 2015 – School of Engineers in Kroonstad
  • Time: 08H00

Issued by the Military Ombud. For more information contact Mr Siviwe Njikela Chief Director Operations on 012 676 3802/ 073 134 4310. Enquiries: Ms Nthombikayise Mdluli Jacha Head of Communication Email: JachaQ@milombud.org