- President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that Solly Shoke will be stepping down as commander of the SA National Defence Force
- Shoke has thanked the president and South Africa for having confidence during his 10 years as commander
- Many South Africans have joined Ramaphosa in saying goodbye to Shoke
Solly Shoke, Chief of Defence of the South African National Defence Force, will be stepping down from the position on 31 May this year. Taking to Twitter, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Shoke's retirement.
"Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force HE President @CyrilRamaphosa announced appointments to the Military Command Council last month. General Shoke retires on 31 May 2021 and Lieutenant-General Maphwanya will take over from 1 June 2021."
Many locals headed to the comment section where they joined the president in saying goodbye to the commander. Read a few of their comments below:
"Are you not televising it? Farewell Gen. Shoke. Had the honour of meeting this gentleman.#PutSACitizensFirst"
"All the Best to Lieutenant-General Maphwanya, wish you could strengthen the SANDF more and revive its ailing infrastructure. Sort out the issues of Temporary Appointed Soldiers who have the skills to protect the Nation and use high calibre weapons but at times at home."
Briefly News also reported that the chief of the South African National Defence Force General Solly Shoke has issued a stern warning to members to stay out of ANC matters. The general spoke out after he heard of a meeting by senior members to discuss matters pertaining to the ruling party.
In a statement, SANDF wrote:
"It has come to the attention of the chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Solly Shoke, that there is planning for a meeting where various serving senior military members have been or will be invited to attend to discuss matters currently affecting the ruling party in the country."
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