SANDF sex claims: “Guilty members will face disciplinary action” - Department

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 26, 2015

The Department of Defence has indicated that it has taken notice of a United Nations (UN) report alleging that South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, involved in peace keeping missions, were deemed to be the worst sex offenders of its kind in the world.

Earlier this week, The Times reported that the findings, purportedly tabled last week, listed South African soldiers as being responsible for nine out of the 480 cases reported between 2008 and 2013 with the next worst being Uruguay at eight and Nigeria at seven.

The report also stated that around 45% of the offences took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some 2 000 SANDF soldiers are stationed, and that 36% of all claims involved minors while assistance was only provided to 12% of reported cases.

“The SANDF does not condone any misconduct or acts of ill-discipline by its members, be it sexual abuse or exploitation, and to that effect the SANDF works hand-in-hand with UN officials or any relevant authorities to investigate such allegations whenever they emerge,” the Department said in a statement.

“In line with UN guidelines, any member of the SANDF alleged to have committed an offense, the matter is investigated and if the member is found guilty, that member is withdrawn from the mission area and necessary disciplinary measures are taken”.

 

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