SANDF: General Solly Shoke warns army to stay away from politics

SANDF: General Solly Shoke warns army to stay away from politics

- The general of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has condemned the talks of the military being involved in politics

- This comes after rumours swirled that the military senior members have been summoned to talks about dealing with ANC matters

- General Shoke has denied these claims and firmly warned his members against getting involved in political affairs

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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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“General Shoke would like to state categorically without any contradiction and in no uncertain terms that no serving member of the South African National Defence Force will be or has been authorised to attend such purported meeting to discuss petty party-political matters. The SANDF remains an organisation which is above politics serving the sovereign security interests of the Republic as mandated by the Constitution.”

The military has chosen to distance itself from the country's politics.

The statement has resulted in SANDF trending on social media as Mzansi weighed in on the developments. Mmusi Maimane shared his thoughts and said:

"This is a very worrying turn of affairs. We definitely cannot have the military involved in political matters. The military and politics don’t mix well and they should not mix."
SANDF: General Solly Shoke warns army to stay away from politics
Mmusi Maimane expressed his concern over the allegations of SANDF involvement in politics. Image: @Mmusimaimane/Twitter
Source: Twitter

Twitter user Patrish53276114 said:

"SANDF must remove current government by force b4 corruption destroys this land of ours.ANC ke masepa a corruption in all levels. We need corruption free"

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jasonlowrie said:

"Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire! This is very worrying! The military should never be getting involved in politics!"

cas6688 said:

"Incoming coup..."

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