The Defence Act outlaws the wearing of SANDF camouflage uniform by civilians

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is highly concerned by a growing trend amongst members of the public who, knowingly or unknowingly, wear and or are in possession of either complete or various items of the SANDF combat dress (Camouflage) illegally. Members of the public are advised that the SANDF camouflage has been registered (patent) for use solely by authorised members of the SANDF and or by those members identified by the Chief of the SANDF and appointed as honorary members of the various SANDF Units and or Bases.
 
When a member of the SANDF retires, passes away or resigns from active duty, the member and or his / her family members cannot and should not wear, model, display and or sell any items of the SANDF uniform. 
 
The Defence Act 42 of 2002, Section 104 (5) and (6) stipulates that: “Any person who, without authority, possesses or wears prescribed uniforms distinctive marks or crests, or performs any prohibited act while wearing such uniform or with such uniform, distinctive marks or crests, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.”
 
Members of the public who are illegally in possession of a complete or various items of the SANDF Camouflage uniform, are urged and encouraged to return the uniform items to their nearest SANDF Base or Unit.

 


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