media statement 2012

Minister Sisulu witnesses launch of the Military Ombud Office

Date of release 14 May 2011

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Monday, 14 May 2012 witness the launch of the Military Ombud Office.

In March this year (2012) Parliament passed Military Ombud Bill and has since been assented to by the President. The Military Ombud Act, 2012 makes provision for the establishment of an independent Office of the Military Ombud and appointment of the Military Ombudsman.

The objective for the establishment of this office (Office of the Military Ombud) is to investigate and ensure that SANDF membersí complaints are resolved in a fair, economical and expeditious manner.

The Office of the Military Ombud is also mandated to ensure observance and promotion of fundamental rights by military personnel, oversight of procedures followed by military courts and prisons especially with regard to the detention and dismissal of uniformed members.

You are cordially invited to send a journalist and photographer/cameraman to cover the event as follows:

Date: 14 May 2012
Venue: Military Sports Club, Thaba Tshwane
Time: 10:00

Enquiries:
Ndivhuwo Mabaya
083 645 7838

Issued by the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans
Date: 11 May 2012