Johannesburg - The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday ruled in favour of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and set aside an order it had granted for the arrest of three of its senior officials.

The SANDF had applied for a “stay of execution” after the court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of defence force chief Lt-Gen Solly Shoke, air force chief Lt-Gen Zakes Zimpande Msimang, and defence and military veterans secretary Sam Gulube.

The three were wanted for contempt of court after they failed to uphold a court order stating they should re-instate four soldiers dismissed from duty two years ago.

“The court has decided to set aside the 1 July, 2014 order and the one it had given on 10 September 2013,” said SANDF spokesman Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga.

The September order Mabanga referred to was one in which the court ordered the reinstatement of the soldiers.

The matter would now be heard on July 22.

Sapa