Members of the Military Command Council (MCC) and their spouses bade farewell to their friend, colleague and a former member of the council, Lt Gen (Ret) Themba Matanzima, at a glittering function at Army College in Thaba Tshwane on 11 July 2012.
Lt Gen (Ret) Themba Matanzima has since been appointed Military Ombud. The occasion provided the DOD with an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by Lt Gen (Ret) Matanzima in the quest to support the SANDF to deliver on its constitutional mandate. The DOD values this relationship as a foundation on which we can build a solid national Defence Force that is fully capable of defending the country’s territorial integrity and people.
The Military Ombud is convinced that working together with all the entire stakeholders, the office will be able to meet whatever challenges it might face. Our collective efforts will ensure that it delivers quality service to people who have made huge sacrifices to ensure that our country maintains the freedom and democracy we all enjoy today.
During his address Lt Gen (Ret) Matanzima thanked his colleagues and staff that he had the privilege to work with since his first appointment in the DOD. “Your support, commitment and dedication in serving our people gave me strength to face with confidence the challenges each day threw at us”. Furthermore he expressed his appreciation to the government and people of South Africa for showing confidence in him. He pledged to the government and the people of South Africa to continue to serve them with the best of his ability and diligence and honour lisinopril medication.
While he was humbled by the trust shown in him by the president and the minister, he is fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead, including expectations to address matters of service delivery to our military personnel who played a critical role in ensuring that South Africa attained the freedom and democracy we all enjoy today. However, he was optimistic that with the support of his principals, stakeholders and the people of South Africa he would be able to carry out his mandate as expected, and that the experience gained over the years would carry him through.
His record demonstrates his ability and willingness to serve the people of our country. We therefore applaud his appointment. “With the support of all of us gathered here today, including the government and the people of our country, we firmly believe that the newly established Military Ombud office will be better served by his experience, dedication and hard work”, Gen Solly Shoke, Chief of the SANDF said in his address.