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Deputy Military Ombud

Advocate Simphiwe Damane-Mkosana

Advocate Simphiwe Damane-Mkosana was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the second Deputy Military Ombud in November 2018.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in both the legal profession and public administration, and at the time of her appointment she was a legal advisor to the Secretary for Defence.

A qualified attorney, she holds a B-Juris from the University of Limpopo, an LLB from Walter Sisulu University, a Diploma in Criminal Justice & Forensic Auditing, a qualification in arbitration from the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa and several other qualifications.

She serves at the helm of the Office, responsible for oversight and assisting the Military Ombud to effectively lead, guide and direct the development and implementation of the strategic direction. That includes oversight of the Corporate Support Service and Communications and International Relations, all with the strategic objective of achieving the vision and mission of the Office.

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A quote from the Handbook for Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces

OMBUDS Institutions play a crucial role in ensuring the armed forces operate with integrity and in a manner which is both accountable and transparent. By handling individual complaints, as well as through the exploration of thematic and cross-cutting issues, ombuds institutions help to prevent human rights abuses, eliminate waste and malpractice and contribute to the overall good governance of the security sector.