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MoU with SA Police Services

The Office of the South African Military Ombud has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Police Service (SAPS) on 13 January 2016. The MoU was signed by Military Ombud Lt General (Ret) Temba Matanzima and Acting National Commissioner Lt General Khomotso Phahlane.

The purpose of the MoU is to provide cooperative framework between the Military Ombud and the South African Police Services with a view to facilitate the administration of the provisions of section 14 of the Military Ombud Act and to ensure harmonious and orderly management of complaints referred by the Military Ombud in terms of section 14.

Section 14 of the Military Ombud Act stipulates that:

(1) “Any person who hinders or obstructs the Ombud or a member of his or her staff in the performance of his or her or their functions, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months, or to both a fine and such imprisonment”.

(2) “Any person who contravenes section 8(5) is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment to a period not exceeding 24 months or to both a fine and such imprisonment” visit our website.

The agreement is part of the Military Ombud Office continuous collaboration with the number of strategic stakeholders in the security cluster and military community to coordinate operations.

“We are proud to work with a world-class department like the South African Police Services which has cutting edge technology and experiences to investigate complex cases and as a useful strategic partner in the future,” said Temba Matanzima (Military Ombud).

The Office of the Military Ombud is entrusted with the responsibility of investigating complaints in a fair, economical and expeditious manner brought by current and former members of the South African National Defence Force (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.

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Condolences to the Nqakula family

South African Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima has expressed his heartfelt condolences to Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and family after they lost a son over the weekend.

“We would like to express our heartfelt condolences and our prayers and thoughts are with Chumani’s family and friends and as we send our deepest sympathies to them, says Gen Matanzima

No parent should ever have to bury their child as it is a difficult chapter in life that is hard to accept lisinopril 20 mg tablet. We know that the good memories of their son will bring them much needed comfort in time of their grief.

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

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Visit to the Denmark Ombudsman

The South African Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima leads a delegation that will visit the Folketingets (Danish Parliamentary) Ombudsman in Copenhagen for benchmarking and bilateral relations

Matanzima and his team are in Copenhagen to see the processes and best practises of the Folketingets Ombudsman. The meeting in Copenhagen follows in the heels of 7th International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for Armed Forces (ICOAF) in Prague – Czech Republic which took place from 25-27 October 2015

Gen Matanzima presented the South African view on two sessions under the following themes

  • The centrality of human rights in democratic societies and the role of Ombud’s institutions for the armed forces
  • Current Affairs

The Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman is a law graduate and is elected by the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, to investigate complaints about the public administration.

Matanzima says, it is crucial to visit other Ombuds institutions to learn the best practices. “We need to compare our work with that of other countries where similar processes exist so that we can see how far we have gone as a new Office. We need to learn from those who have been in this industry long before us,” says Matanzima.

The Military Ombud’s Office will continue to identify and engage with institutions that have similar mandate and processes as his Office so that they could share ideas. “Information sharing sessions are important for independent institutions like us where there is no any political influence. We need go out there and see how other institutions are best run and implement those best practices in our own institutions,” said Matanzima Home Page.

The Office is entrusted with the responsibility of investigating complaints in a fair, economical and expeditious manner brought by current and former members of the South African National Defence Force (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.

Issued by the South African 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