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SANDF might fire suspended soldiers

The SANDF said it had reopened disciplinary processes against suspended soldiers.

The South African National Defence Force. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The South National Defence Force (SANDF) on Saturday said it considered firing a group of soldiers who failed to report for duty.

This is after the soldiers were suspended following a violent protest in 2009.

About 1,300 soldiers staged an illegal march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 2009 to demand better salaries.

The group clashed with police after they tried to storm the building.

They were all suspended following the incident.

But this year, the defence force reopened the disciplinary processes against the suspended soldiers after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found that their dismissal process was improper.

SANDF spokesperson Xolani Mabanga said, "We are currently investigating the matter and looking at possible causes of action the defence force may take against the members who defied the chief of the SANDF's instructions."