Wednesday, 12 September 2012

DA warns Julius Malema on SANDF

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 Gauteng.

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 code.

 The address is as a result of requests sent by the armed forces to Malema to come and listen to their cries and demands."

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