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Khoisan soldiers' bid for re-integration fails

Publish date: 21 May 2012
Issue Number: 3038
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Litigation

Former Khoisan soldiers have lost a court bid to be considered for re-integration into the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), says a report on the IoL site.

The North Gauteng High Court dismissed an application by the leader of the Khoisan Kingdom and All People Party. They had sought a court order forcing Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to negotiate with more than 14 000 former soldiers about their re-integration into the SANDF. Judge Moses Mavundla said the Minister did not have any powers to deal with issues of integration as that process was over, but urged her to address their concerns in the spirit of the Constitution. Mavundla said that when the process took place in 1994 to integrate the SA Defence Force and the defence forces of the so-called independent homelands with the armed wing of the ANC (MK), the Azanian People's Army and the armed wing of the PAC, these soldiers, who had been used by the apartheid authorities, were left out. Mavundla said it was common cause that the integration process had long come and gone in terms of the Termination of Integration Intake Act of 2001. Full report on the IoL site