The Military Ombud Lt General (Ret) TT Matanzima is pleased to announce the appointment of the Deputy Military Ombud, Advocate Rendani Marivate. President Zuma signed the appointment on the 20th February 2017 in terms of the Military Ombud Act 4 of 2012 and has assumed her duties at the Office of the Military Ombud on the 1st April 2017. Adv Marivate was a South African naval officer serving as Director Military Defence Counsel since 2011 to date. She was responsible for an affordable, fully integrated, credible, sustainable, effective and efficient military Defence counsel service for members of the SANDF whenever required. A graduate from the Naval College in 1995, becoming the first black female officer in the Navy and joined the Legal Office in Simon’s Town. She completed her law degree at the University of Venda in 1990 and her LLB in 1993 at the University of the North where she also lectured for six months. She obtained a LLM from Unisa in 2003. In 1995 she was appointed as a Military Law Officer till 1999 after which she was transferred to the Military Prosecution Counsel and has climbed the ranks to military judge in 2004 and Senior Military Judge from 2005 to 2011. Admiral Marivate’s CV demonstrates that she has extensive knowledge of and experience in the military and public administration having served in the SANDF for a period of just over 20 years. General Matanzima congratulates and welcomes Admiral Marivate as the first Deputy Military Ombud and wishes her success in her new role.