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Soldiers to appear before military court

In 2009 655 soldiers marched on the Union Buildings demanding a wage hike.

FILE: In 2009 655 soldiers marched on the Union Buildings demanding a wage hike. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The 655 soldiers who marched on the Union Buildings in 2009 demanding a pay hike are expected to appear before a military court in Heidelberg today.

The soldiers are facing dismissal after they staged the illegal demonstration outside the seat of government in Pretoria in 2009.

Police had to disperse demonstrators using rubber bullets after they tried to climb over the fence surrounding the Union Buildings.

South African National Defence Union (SANDU) spokesperson Pikkie Greeff says it's not clear what will happen today.

"Now we've found out - at a very late stage - the Defence Force has simply run out of money. It cannot even transport the accused soldiers to the military court today."