A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier has found himself in the spotlight, but not for acts of bravery…
In a viral video that’s been doing the rounds on social media, a soldier can be seen swaying on his feet as people around him grab their phones to start recording the intoxicated man (in full uniform). Someone eventually hands him over to metro police officers.
In a media statement, the SANDF confirmed that the man in the video is one of their members, adding that he has been “absent without leave (AWOL) from his unit since July 27.”
They have also condemned “such behaviour” from one of their members.
“The SANDF can confirm that the member on the video has been identified as one of our members, and has been absent without leave (AWOL) from his unit since July 27. At present the military police officers are working tirelessly to determine his whereabouts, and bring him to book.
“The SANDF would like to state categorically that such behaviour cannot be tolerated from any of our members. We can further confirm that when the member on the video has been found, he will face the Court of Military Justice for being on AWOL, and drunkenness.
“The Chief of the SANDF, General Rudzani Maphwanya and the entire Military Command Council rebuke members of the SANDF who put the organisation’s name into disrepute, portraying dishonourable behaviour in public.
“He issued a stern warning to all SANDF soldiers that the SANDF will not tolerate any ill-discipline within the SANDF and drastic action will be taken against any member contravening our Military Disciplinary Code,” the statement reads.
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