Cape Town - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has clarified the reasons for the administrative discharge of 35 members who were absent without official leave for more than 30 days while on course in Cuba.
The Military Command Council had previously stated clearly that Chapter 11 (Sec. 200) (1.) of the South African Constitution stipulates that;
(1) The defence force must be structured and managed as a disciplined military force.
"The SANDF will therefore not tolerate any ill-discipline within the SANDF and drastic action will be taken against any member who brings the defence force into disrepute," a statement from the military force read.
"In order to attain this goal, the defence force is managed through the guiding principles of the Defence Force Act and the disciplinary code which each member must comply with or else bear the consequences."