Questions raised about military safety

Military protocols brought into question following soldier's death at an Oudtshoorn military base.

South African defence force protocol called into question following the death of a soldier at an Oudtshoorn military base.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is yet to explain the death of a soldier outside a Western Cape military base.

The SANDF has confirmed the soldier died in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Oudtshoorn Military Base, but refused to be drawn on claims that he might have frozen to death.

The soldier's death has raised questions about equipment given to soldiers and whether communication protocols were being followed.

The South African National Defence Union's Pikkie Greef believes this incident could've been avoided had safety procedures been followed and proper tools provided.

"He disappeared for eleven hours and his commanders didn't check on him. It's believed he died of hypothermia."

The Defence Force's Xolani Mabanga wouldn't comment on the soldier's death.