Question NW2 to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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06 March 2020 - NW2

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, has granted permission in terms of section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) be deployed in the urban area of Kimberley with the SA Police Service at the start of the birthday celebrations of a certain organisation in January 2020; if not, who gave instructions that members of the SANDF be deployed in an urban area; (2) whether any action has been taken against the specified person; if not, why not; if so, to what extent; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?


(1) and (2)

There was no employment under section 201 of the Constitution. I view this matter in a very serious light and have instructed the Chief of the South African National Defence Force to institute a Board of Inquiry and to take action against those involved. I will report back to Parliament on the outcome and actions taken following the completion of the Board of Inquiry.

(3) No.

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