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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

MEDIA STATEMENT

ATT: ALL NEWS EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

MEDIA STATEMENT

ATT: ALL NEWS EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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.