Minister unhappy with defence transformation


Defence Deputy Minister Mluleki George has expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of transformation in his department, saying there is need for improvement in the lower ranks.

Deputy minister George was addressing thousand of troops in Bloemfontein yesterday during a visit as part of a nationwide programme to military bases in the country.

The campaign is aimed at appraising the Deputy Minister about the progress or the lack of transformation in the department.

He told the troops that he was very concerned about the general unhappiness in the lower ranks of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and particularly in the SA army.

"With regard to transformation, more disturbing was the slow pace of the transformation in the SA Navy, the SA Military Health Service and the SA Air force.

"The time has come for the command structure of the SADNF, particularly the chiefs of the service, to come up with the transformational plans with measurable outcomes and time lines," he said

He also called on the leadership of the SANDF to take care of the troops under their command, saying people could not lead people they did not love.

Deputy Minister George also added that transformation was not aimed at punishing whites in the country, but to ensure a secure and stable future for all citizens.

He condemned racism as a sickness that ought to be cured and urged everyone to contribute to combating the scourge.