Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
25 Sep 2020
4:50 am

Army Chief’s ‘soldiers not activists’ stance welcomed

Eric Naki

Defence experts have welcomed SANDF chief General Solly Shoke's stance against members of the military getting involved in party politics, saying the military exists to serve the people of South Africa and not the ANC.

South Africa - Cape Town- 18 February 2019- Chief of the South African National Defence Force, Solly Shoke. Photograph: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

With at least 35 coup attempts and constitutional crises in Africa since 2010, new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke has slammed a meeting proposed by retired Lieutenant-General Maomela “Mojo” Motau with senior SANDF officers to “discuss the state of the ANC”. Shoke’s stance has been welcomed by experts. What Motau envisaged would happen after the meeting, hopefully merely a strongly worded letter, was unknown, but the idea of the top officers of the SANDF coming together to discuss political issues was worrying to many. Both experts who spoke to The Citizen said it was usually...