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Four members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) appeared before a military court yesterday on charges relating to the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.
SA National Defence Union (Sandu) national secretary Pikkie Greeff, counsel for two of the soldiers, said the exact content of the charges was not yet clear.
“It seems that the military’s view of the matter is that these officers are guilty of some military offence for their role in the Gupta landing, but it’s not clear what that role is alleged to have been.
“They are being charged with charges ranging from disobeying written instructions to conduct prejudicial to military discipline.
“It will only be clear from the final charge sheet what exactly the charges are,” said Greeff.
The four – Colonel Nomsa Khumalo, Lieutenant-Colonel Christo Van Zyl, Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson and Warrant Officer Thabo Ntshisi – appeared in the court, which is located in the Thaba Tshwane military precinct in Pretoria.
A fifth officer, identified as Colonel Nkosi, was scheduled to appear later yesterday.
The matter was postponed until October 2 for preliminary investigations.
In court, the soldiers were informed that they were charged with contravening different sections of the military defence code (MDC).
“Charges that were mentioned in this court includes sections (of the MDC) on disobeying written orders or instructions, conduct prejudicial to military discipline, and the abuse or misuse of state vehicles, aircraft or facilities.” – Sapa