July 25, 1998 |
The new chief of South Africa's armed forces, Gen. Siphiwe Nyanda, is not even two months on the job, but he is already leading troops into a battle zone. Unlike his apartheid-era predecessors, however, the country's first black military leader is not cutting his combat teeth in neighboring countries. His maiden operational command is at home in Richmond, a timber and agricultural town in KwaZulu-Natal province where at least 30 people have died in political violence this month.
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.