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South African Military Ombud Sends a Message of Condolence to the Families of Fallen Retired Pilots in a Tragic Accident in Pretoria

MEDIA STATEMENT

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DATE:  18 March 2021

South African Military Ombud sends a message of condolence to the families of fallen retired pilots in a tragic accident in Pretoria

The South African Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Vusumuzi Masondo sends his condolences to the families of two Reserve Force pilots who lost their lives whilst attempting to land a Patchen Explorer light aircraft at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion, Tshwane. The accident occurred during the scheduled General Flying Day on Wednesday 17 March, at the South African Air Force Museum.

The Military Ombud is saddened by their untimely death whilst on duty. “On behalf of my Office, I would like to convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of retired South African Air Force pilot, Major General Des Barker and former Indian Air Force (AIF) fighter pilot Rama Iyer, as well as friends and colleagues who crossed pathways with them.  May their souls rest in eternal peace,” said Masondo.

These are former soldiers who chose to serve the nation as members of the Reserve Force as and when called upon by the SANDF.  “As we mourn these fallen pilots it is important that we remember the role that they played throughout their careers in the South African and Indian Air Forces, respectively.”

General Masondo’s Office was established in 2012 to investigate and ensure that complaints against the SANDF are resolved in a fair, economical and expeditious manner.

The mandate of the Office is to investigate complaints lodged in writing against the SANDF from current and former members of the SANDF, regarding their conditions of service, as well as members of the public regarding the official conduct of members of the SANDF.

Masondo added that his Office is open to assist those who would like to lodge complaints.  A complaints form is also available on the website of the Military Ombud

Issued by the Military Ombud Office. For more information contact: Ms Nthombikayise Mdluli Jacha Head of Communication on 062 504 7717/ 012 676 3812 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.milombud.org

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SA Military Ombud addresses delegates during the 12th International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF)

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DATE:  29 October 2020

SA Military Ombud addresses delegates during the 12th International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF)

Speaking during the opening of the 12th Virtual International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF) on 26 October 2020, the South African Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Vusumuzi Masondo said multi-sectoral collaboration and transparency by state

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Military Ombud Announces the Temporary Closure of the Office due to Restrictions as Announced by the South African President on the 23 March 2020

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DATE: 27 MARCH 2020

MILITARY OMBUD ANNOUNCES THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE OFFICE DUE TO RESTRICTIONS AS ANNOUNCED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT ON THE 23 MARCH 2020

The Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Vusumuzi Ramakala Masondo would like to inform members of the public, stakeholders and media houses that the Office of the Military Ombud will be closed for walk-in complainants from 27 March to 16 April 2020. This is in line with the latest developments regarding the COVID19 pandemic restriction as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Office of the Military Ombud is mandated by the Military Ombud Act 4, of 2012, in section 4 (1) (d) to investigate complaints lodged in writing by the current or former Members of SANDF concerning their conditions of service.  We are mandated to promote the fundamental rights of soldiers.

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Ministerial Task Team held its meeting with the South African Military Ombud

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DATE:  16 January 2020

Ministerial Task Team held its meeting with the South African Military Ombud

The Ministerial Task Team (MTT) for the Department of Defence and Military Veterans which is entrusted with the responsibility of investigating cases of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual offences in the South African National Defence Force held an important meeting with South African Military Ombud in Centurion.

The meeting led by the Military Ombud Lt Gen (Ret) Vusumuzi Masondo and the Chairperson Mrs Thoko Mpumlwana was held in order for the task team to understand the mandate of the Military Ombud Office and also touched on the issue of cooperation between the Office and Task Team.

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