media statement 2008

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (SANDF) HEADQUARTERS PRETORIA: SANDF MEMBER DIES IN SUDAN

Date of Release: 22 September 2008
Embargo: None

The Department of Defence, regrets to announce the passing on of a soldier, rifleman (Ms) Lesedi Boitumelo Monaisa (21). She passed on after being admitted in hospital following what was alleged to be a scorpion sting at Mahla Military base, Sudan, on Friday 19 September 2008.

Ms Lesedi Boitumelo Monaisa was a member of the South African battalion deployed in support of the United Nations/African Union mission in Sudan. She was a member of 10 South African Infantry Battalion. She is survived by her mother, Ms M.D. Motingwe.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, and the Chief of the SANDF, General Godfrey Ngwenya extend their sincerest sympathies and condolences to her family.

The memorial service and the funeral arrangements will be announced once confirmed by the family.

ENDS

Issued by:
SANDF Headquarters
Private Bag X161
Pretoria
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Enquiries:
Brigadier General Kwena Mangope
Telephone: (012) 355-6302
Mobile: 072 538 6888