The Commander in Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Major-General Thalita Mxakato as Chief of Defence Intelligence. She is the first woman to hold this position in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
Ramaphosa announced the appointments of the new members of the military command of the SANDF in Pretoria on Wednesday, April 14.
I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Major-General Thalita Mxakato as Chief of Defence Intelligence as of 1 June 2021.https://t.co/vnZJ55DsQr
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) April 14, 2021
According to SABC, Mxakato joined Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1983 and completed her basic training in Angola and specialisations training in the German Democratic Republic.
She has served in the SANDF since its formation in 1994. Before joining the Defence Intelligence Division in 2003, where she served in the South African Military Health Services and the Defence Inspectorate Division. Mxakato’s new rank will come into effect from June 1 2021, and she will serve in this position for five years.
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