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sandf thumb medium90 89Cape Argus reports that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has set up an external task team to probe allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).  She motivated this by saying she could not trust the military to investigate itself.  

Speaking as she introduced the four-member ministerial task team on sexual exploitation and abuse to the Military Command Council at the SANDF headquarters, the minister said:  “I have absolute confidence in the structures of the SANDF, but with regards to handling this particular issue, my confidence is very limited.  The Defence Force is a close-knit community which is able to rally around and close itself into a shell.  I think it's about time the Defence Force opened itself up to scrutiny in order to self-correct.  This is not a security matter that must be dealt with behind closed doors.  It’s a matter of criminality, power relations, abuse of individuals.”  A report leaked to the media showed that only 13 of about 41 cases of sexual exploitation and abuse reported in the SANDF were completed.  Mapisa-Nqakula said the task team would investigate cases dating to 2014 and that in executing its mandate, the task team would take steps to determine what measures were in place to protect and support victims from the moment a matter was reported until its finalisation.  One of the first tasks of the team would be to establish a hotline to operate for the duration of the team’s mandate.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mwangi Githahu at Cape Argus
  • Read too, Minister’s task team to probe sexual harassment in military, at The Citizen


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