SSAS SD SM MMS MMM MMB
7 July 1939 |
Sophiatown, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
|Service/branch||South African Army|
He left South Africa in 1962 to join the armed wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK). He attended a number of military courses in Tanzania, Egypt (special operations) and the Soviet Union, including a Soviet Army Staff Course in 1971. He returned to South Africa in 1992 and attended the Zimbabwe Army Staff Course in 1994.
In 1995, he attended the SANDF Joint Staff Course, and was appointed General Officer Commanding Northern Cape Command in July of that year.
In May 1997, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Army, and on 1 July 1998 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and appointed Chief of the Army.
Honours and awards
- Star of South Africa, Silver (SSAS)
- Southern Cross Medal (SM)
- Merit Medal in Silver (MMS)
- Military Merit Medal (MMM)
- Merit Medal in Bronze (MMB)
- Legion of Merit (LOM) (USA)
- Schobesberger, H. Col (May 2003). "From freedom fighter to Chief of the Army". SA Soldier 10 (5): 12.
|Chief of the South African Army
1998 – 2004
|Deputy Chief of the South African Army
1997 – 1998
Roland de Vries
|GOC Northern Cape Command
1995 – 1997
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