The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) plans to lay criminal charges after reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been appointed as a highly paid military colonel.
Sandu says this is illegal because Molefe doesn't have a military background apart from being a reserve official in the army.
National Secretary of Sandu, Advocate Pikkie Greef, says Molefe has been called to an interactive duty in the reserve force in the rank of colonel rather than honorary colonel.
Honorary ranks are awarded in the reserve force of the SANDF but at the same time the reserve force doesn't only consist of honorary ranks but substantive military ranks.— Pikkie Greef, National Sectary of Sandu
Molefe doesn't have substantive officer's rank in the military - either reserve force or otherwise. He has been called as a reserve force member into active duty which is not allowed by the relevant regulations of the Defence Act.— Pikkie Greef, National Sectary of Sandu
Greef says anyone entering the defence force has to go through the basic military training and because of the age restriction for new recruits, this is not possible for everyone t complete.
He says Molefe doesn't fit any of the criterion and he is too old.
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