May 30, 1998 |
Gen. Siphiwe Nyanda became the first black to head South Africa's military Friday, receiving a ceremonial sword and a salute from his white predecessor, Georg Meiring. In his speech at a military base outside the capital, Pretoria, Nyanda struck a tone of conciliation as he took the helm of a military that had sought to kill him when he commanded African National Congress guerrillas just a few years ago.
April 30, 1998 |
The Soviet-trained former commander of the main anti-apartheid guerrilla force has been appointed the first black chief of the South African National Defense Force. Lt. Gen. Siphiwe Nyanda inherits a 93,000-strong force in the throes of change and rattled by an intelligence fiasco that led to his predecessor's sudden resignation. Gen.
April 17, 1998 |
Almost everyone in the know, including President Nelson Mandela, has dismissed as absurd a recent military intelligence report claiming that a host of disgruntled black leaders was plotting to overthrow Mandela's government. For weeks, all eyes in South Africa have been focused on Gen.
November 8, 1994 |
Defense Minister Joe Modise said Monday that more than 2,200 former guerrillas had been dismissed from South Africa's post-apartheid forces for failing to meet a midnight deadline to report for duty. "The people who were not back by midnight last night are out. They're no longer part of the process," a Modise spokeswoman said.
October 21, 1994 |
President Nelson Mandela said he has given about 2,500 mutinous former guerrillas boycotting army assembly points seven days to return or be dismissed. Mandela said the grievances that led to a mutiny among former guerrillas will take time to resolve. Grievances included slow movement on integrating forces, some army officials were seen to be racist, unfavorable living conditions and salary discrepancies.
May 16, 1994 |
A soldier was shot and killed in the black township of Thokoza, where 12 people died in a sudden resurgence of political violence two days earlier. Another five people were killed in the volatile KwaZulu-Natal province, the Zulu heartland where 10,000 people died in a decade of factional fighting.