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Union unhappy with SANDF

Sandu believes the disciplinary process against striking soldiers could have been handled differently.

Police fire on protesting soldiers outside the Union Buildings. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) on Friday said it was not happy with the manner in which officials have been handling the disciplinary process against hundreds of soldiers.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members were involved in a chaotic protest march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria back in 2009.

They were demonstrating over poor living conditions and low salaries when soldiers clashed with police.

The SANDF sent the soldiers back to their home pending investigations.

The force has now ordered those members who were placed on special leave to return to their bases so the matter can be concluded.

Sandu's Pikkie Greef said, "After three years of wasting taxpayers' money, the defence force has now finally conceded to Sandu's demands. Members should be put through a fair trial and we think this should be dealt with in a military court."