South Africa top opposition party The Democratic Alliance have joined the Ministry of Defense and Military Veterans in blaming Julius Malema's plan to address the soldiers.
DA's Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veteran's David Maynier said Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula,
is absolutely correct to take a hard line against Malema's plan to address soldiers outside the Doornkop/Lenz military base in
Maynier said that Malema is playing a very dangerous game by
trying to exploit poor service conditions in the defence force saying he is doing that for his
political battles ahead of the ANC’s 2012 Elective Conference.
"We must not forget that service conditions at the Doornkop/Lenz military
base were described by the National Defence Force Service Commission as
“slum-like” and that the base was the epicentre of the violent protest
by soldiers at the Union Buildings in 2009." said Mayneir
"We cannot allow Julius Malema to undermine the constitutional imperative
that the defence force remains a disciplined military force that is
politically non-partisan." Mayneir further said
He further called upon the Defence Force to discipline any soldiers who attend the meeting addressed by Julius Malema in terms of the military disciplinary
The address is as a result of requests sent by the armed forces to Malema to come and listen to their cries and demands."