SANDF: Soldiers didn’t try free arrested colleagues

The troops had apparently been arrested in an illegal shebeen raid.

FILE: The troops had apparently been arrested in an illegal shebeen raid. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Thursday denied claims a group of soldiers allegedly tried to free colleagues who had been arrested in Oudtshoorn at the weekend.

It is believed that a high-ranking SANDF official led a group of soldiers in military vehicles to try and free colleagues.

The soldiers had apparently been arrested in an illegal shebeen raid.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier Xolani Mabanga said "The issue of the SANDF members surrounding the police station are not true.

"It is also reported that the people who were around or close [to the station] were members of the public who were also trying to raise their concern about their own members who were arrested."

SANDU DEMANDS ACTION

The South African National Defence Union (SANDU) says it has given the SANDF chief 24 hours to take steps.

Union spokesperson Pikkie Greeff says further steps will be taken.

"We will be laying charges of sedition and public violence against the general."