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
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