Brutal Treatment Of SANDF Recruits Must Be Investigated

08 May 2013    


The IFP is concerned about the alleged abuse of recruits at the SANDF infantry school in Oudtshoorn that resulted in some recruits being admitted to hospital, with one at risk of losing his right arm.


IFP Spokesperson on Defence, Mr Albert Mncwango MP said, "The officials that conducted the training exercises of these recruits at the army's infantry school should be brought to account. The SANDF should remove them and institute criminal charges if they are found to have been negligent in any way. The infantry school should not be a brutal boot camp, but a training camp which produces disciplined soldiers that are patriotic and ready to lay down their lives in defence of our country and our democracy."

Mncwango added that, "This incident will have a negative impact on the SANDF as parents may be reluctant to let their sons and daughters join the SANDF due to the brutal treatment."


The IFP calls on SANDF to investigate this incident immediately and take necessary steps against SANDF officials who conducted these abusive and barbaric acts.



Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Defence, Mr Albert Mncwango MP, 083 448 4896 


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252