SSAS SD MMS MMM MMB
7 July 1939|
Sophiatown, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
|Service/||South African Army|
|Other work||RSA Mediator to Sudan|
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 Decoration (SD)
- Merit Medal in Silver (MMS)
- Military Merit Medal (MMM)
- Merit Medal in Bronze (MMB)
- Operational Medal for Southern Africa
- South Africa Service Medal
- Unitas Medal
- Medal for Distinguished Conduct and Loyal Service (40 Years)
- Service Medal in Gold
- Service Medal in Silver
- Service Medal in Bronze
- Legion of Merit (U.S.)
- Order of Military Merit (Brazil)
- "Interviews". SADET - South African Democracy Education Trust.
- "SADF Info - List of Chiefs (Post 1994)". SADF Info.
- Schobesberger, H. Col (May 2003). "From freedom fighter to Chief of the Army" (PDF). SA Soldier. 10 (5): 12.
- "Unknown".[dead link]
- "National Orders Recipients 1999". SA History Online.
| 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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