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Soldiers to face military court

Soldiers that took part in the 2009 illegal protest are expected to appear before a military court.

Members of the South African Defence Forces clean up Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on Mandela Day. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN


JOHANNESBURG - Over 1,000 soldiers who embarked on a march that turned violent at the Union Buildings in 2009 have been notified they will be facing a military court inquiry.

The Defence Department on Friday confirmed it issued troops with notices to report to their stations.

Exactly 1,300 soldiers face several charges including mutiny and bringing the defence force into disrepute.

They took to the streets to demand better salaries.

An illegal strike which was meant to be peaceful, quickly became violent after soldiers clashed with police.

Police used water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse the soldiers.

Former Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu planned to fire the soldiers, but a court ruled that would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

The defence department's Xolani Mabanga said, “The process of informing the individuals has been initiated. All the members who were involved in this unfortunate event will he dealt with individually.”

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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