Gay soldier case heads to SAHRC

Sandu will take complaints of discrimination against gay soldiers to the commission.

Sandu wants the commission to probe allegations of homophobia in the SANDF. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) is preparing to take complaints of discrimination against gay soldiers to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

It is alleged a senior officer, who commands the ninth South African infantry battalion based in the Western Cape, prevented young recruits from securing long-term service contracts because of their sexual orientation.

The complaints against him date back to 2009.

Sandu and The Triangle Project are investigating the claims.

Sandu's Pikkie Greeff wants the SAHRC to get involved.

"It's a gross violation of human rights where a commanding officer of the South African National Defence Force tells recruits that they will not be in contention for contract renewals because of their sexual orientation."