List of South African military chiefs

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This article lists the South African military chiefs. From 1958 until the first post-apartheid general election in 1994, the present-day South African National Defence Force was known as the South African Defence Force. From 1912 to 1958, the military was known as the Union Defence Force.

In terms of section 202(1) of the Constitution of South Africa, the military command of the Defence Force consists of[1] the Chief of the Defence Force plus the Chiefs of the combat arms (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well as

  • the Surgeon-General of the South African Military Health Service;
  • the Chief of Joint Operations of the Defence Force;
  • the Chief of Defence Intelligence;
  • the Chief of Human Resources; and
  • the Chief of Logistics.

Head of the Defence Force[edit]

The Defence Force consists of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998). The Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the senior military commander and the chiefs of the four services, in addition to the chiefs of Joint Operations, Defence Intelligence, and Corporate Staff, report to him.[2] As of September 2018 the Chief of the SANDF is General Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS.

Chief of the UDF[edit]

The Union Defence Force (UDF) consisted initially of land forces. An aviation corps was formed in 1915 and replaced by the South African Air Force in 1920. A naval branch was added in 1922, and the South African Division of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve was incorporated into it in 1942.

In 1951, the defence forces were reorganised into three distinct combat services: the South African Army, the South African Air Force, and the South African Navy. The organisation was renamed "South African Defence Force" in 1958.

The UDF had no overall commander for the first nine and a half years. From January 1922, the Chief of the General Staff, previously responsible only for the Defence Headquarters staff, was the executive commander of the UDF. The title was changed to 'Commandant General UDF' in September 1956.

Chief of the UDF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Andries Brink CBE, DTD, DSO
Brink, AndriesMajor general
Andries Brink CBE, DTD, DSO
(1877–1947)
1 October 19221 May 193310 years, 212 days South African Army
2
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
Ryneveld, PierreGeneral
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
(1891–1972)
2 May 19331 May 194915 years, 364 days South African Air Force[3]
3
Leonard Beyers
Beyers, LeonardLieutenant general
Leonard Beyers
(1894–1959)
2 May 194915 March 1950317 days South African Army
4
Christiaan du Toit DSO
Toit, ChristiaanLieutenant general
Christiaan du Toit DSO
(1901–1982)
16 March 195022 September 19566 years, 190 days South African Army
5
Hendrik Klopper DSO
Klopper, HendrikGeneral
Hendrik Klopper DSO
(1903–1977)
23 September 195624 September 19582 years, 1 day South African Army
6
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
Melville, StephenGeneral
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
25 September 195831 October 195836 days South African Air Force

Chief of the SADF[edit]

The UDF was renamed 'South African Defence Force' in November 1958.[4] The Commandant General's title was then changed to 'Commandant General SADF'. It was changed to 'Chief of the SADF' in July 1973, after Admiral Hugo Biermann assumed the post the year before. After South Africa's first democratic election, the South African Defence Force (SADF) became the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Chief of the SADF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
Melville, StephenGeneral
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
1 November 195831 December 19602 years, 60 days South African Air Force
2
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
Grobbelaar, PieterGeneral
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
(1908–1988)
1 January 196131 December 19654 years, 364 days South African Army
3
Rudolph Hiemstra SSA, SM
Hiemstra, RudolphGeneral
Rudolph Hiemstra SSA, SM
(1912–2007)
1 January 196631 March 19726 years, 90 days South African Air Force
4
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
Biermann, HugoAdmiral
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
(1916–2012)
1 April 197231 August 19764 years, 152 days South African Navy
5
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
Malan, MagnusGeneral
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
(1930–2011)
1 September 19766 October 19804 years, 35 days South African Army
6
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
Viljoen, ConstandGeneral
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1933)
7 October 198030 October 19855 years, 23 days South African Army[5]
7
Johannes Geldenhuys SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, GCIH, ORB
Geldenhuys, JohannesGeneral
Johannes Geldenhuys SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, GCIH, ORB
(1935–2018)
1 November 198531 October 19904 years, 364 days South African Army
8
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
Liebenberg, AndreasGeneral
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1938–1998)
1 November 199031 October 19932 years, 364 days South African Army
9
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
Meiring, GeorgGeneral
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
1 November 199330 April 1994180 days South African Army

Chief of the SANDF[edit]

The SADF amalgamated with the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and the homeland defence forces to form the South African National Defence Force in 1994. The SANDF was based on the existing SADF structure of Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998).

Chief of the SANDF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
Meiring, GeorgGeneral
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
27 April 199431 May 19984 years, 34 days South African Army
2
Siphiwe Nyanda SSA, SBS, CLS, DMG, MMS, MMM
Nyanda, SiphiweGeneral
Siphiwe Nyanda SSA, SBS, CLS, DMG, MMS, MMM
(born 1950)
1 June 199831 May 20056 years, 364 days South African Army
3
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
Ngwenya, GodfreyGeneral
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
(born 1950)
1 June 20051 May 20115 years, 334 days South African Army
4
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
Shoke, SollyGeneral
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
(born 1956)
2 May 2011Incumbent8 years, 70 days South African Army[6]

Chief of the Army[edit]

The Chief of the South African Army is the professional head of the Army. There was no separate army commander until 1948. The post was called 'Director-General of Land Forces'[7] 1948–51 and 'Army Chief of Staff' 1951–66, and has been 'Chief of the Army' since 1966.

Chief of the Army Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Christiaan du Toit DSO
du Toit, ChristianBrigadier
Christiaan du Toit DSO
(1901–1982)
10 November 194815 March 19501 year, 125 days[8]:92[7]
2
Hendrik Klopper DSO
Klopper, HendrikBrigadier
Hendrik Klopper DSO
(1903–1977)
16 March 195030 April 19533 years, 45 days[8]:94
3
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
Grobbelaar, PieterMajor general
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
(1908–1988)
1 May 195324 September 19585 years, 146 days[8]:93
4
Nick Bierman SSA, SM, CBE
Bierman, NickMajor general
Nick Bierman SSA, SM, CBE
(1910–1977)
25 September 195831 October 19591 year, 36 days[8]:89
5
Sybrand Engelbrecht SM
Engelbrecht, SybrandMajor general
Sybrand Engelbrecht SM
(1913–1994)
1 November 19593 March 19633 years, 122 days[8]:92
6
Petrus Jacobs SSA, SM
Jacobs, PetrusMajor general
Petrus Jacobs SSA, SM
(1910–1967)
4 March 196331 December 19652 years, 302 days[8]:93
7
Charles 'Pop' Fraser SSA, SM
Fraser, CharlesLieutenant general
Charles 'Pop' Fraser SSA, SM
(1915–1994)
1 January 196630 November 19671 year, 333 days[8]:92
8
Willem Louw SSA, SM
Louw, WillemLieutenant general
Willem Louw SSA, SM
(1920–1980)
1 December 196730 June 19735 years, 211 days[8]:94
9
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
Malan, MagnusLieutenant general
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
(1930–2011)
1 July 197331 August 19763 years, 61 days[8]:95
10
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
Viljoen, ConstandLieutenant general
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1933)
1 September 19766 October 19804 years, 30 days
11
Johannes Geldenhuys SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, GCIH, ORB
Geldenhuys, JohannesLieutenant general
Johannes Geldenhuys SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, GCIH, ORB
(1935–2018)
7 October 198030 October 19855 years, 23 days[8]:92
12
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
Liebenberg, AndreasLieutenant general
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1938–1998)
1 November 198528 February 19904 years, 119 days
13
Georg Meiring SSA, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
Meiring, GeorgLieutenant general
Georg Meiring SSA, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
1 March 199031 October 19933 years, 244 days
14
Hattingh Pretorius SD, SM, MMM
Pretorius, HattinghLieutenant general
Hattingh Pretorius SD, SM, MMM
(1942–2008)
1 November 199331 December 19941 year, 60 days
15
Reginald Otto SD & Bar, SM, MMM
Otto, ReginaldLieutenant general
Reginald Otto SD & Bar, SM, MMM
(born 1943)
1 January 199530 June 19983 years, 180 days
16
Gilbert Ramano SSAS, SD, MMS, MMM, MMB
Ramano, GilbertLieutenant general
Gilbert Ramano SSAS, SD, MMS, MMM, MMB
(born 1939)
1 July 199831 May 20045 years, 335 days
17
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
Shoke, SollyLieutenant general
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
(born 1956)
1 June 20041 May 20116 years, 334 days
18
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
Masondo, VusumuziLieutenant general
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
(born 1957)
1 October 201131 January 20164 years, 122 days[9]
19
Lindile Yam
Yam, LindileLieutenant general
Lindile Yam
(born 1960)
1 February 2016Incumbent3 years, 160 days[10]

Lieutenant general Werndly van der Riet spent some time acting as Head of the Army.[8]:98

Chief of the Air Force[edit]

The Chief of the South African Air Force is the professional head of the Air Force. The post was called 'Director of Air Services' 1920–33, 'Director of Air & Technical Services' 1937–39, 'Director-General of Air Services' 1939–41, 'Director-General of the Air Force' 1941–51, and 'Air Chief of Staff' 1951–66, and has been 'Chief of the Air Force' since 1966.

Chief of the Air Force Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
van Ryneveld, PierreColonel
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
(1891–1972)
1 February 192030 September 193717 years, 241 days[11]
2
Francis Hoare CB, CBE
Hoare, FrancisColonel
Francis Hoare CB, CBE
(1879–1959)
1 October 193731 October 193730 days
3
Hector Daniel CBE, MC, AFC
Daniel, HectorLieutenant colonel
Hector Daniel CBE, MC, AFC
(1898–1953)
1 November 193712 September 19392 years, 41 days
4
John Holthouse OBE
Holthouse, JohnColonel
John Holthouse OBE
(1891–1964)
13 September 193930 September 19401 year, 17 days
5
Christoffel Venter CB, DFC & bar
Venter, ChristoffelMajor general
Christoffel Venter CB, DFC & bar
(1892–1977)
1 October 194016 October 19455 years, 15 days
6
Harold Willmott CBE
Willmott, HaroldBrigadier
Harold Willmott CBE
(1899–1993)
17 October 194510 September 1946328 days
7
James 'Jimmy' Durrant CB, DFC
Durrant, JimmyBrigadier
James 'Jimmy' Durrant CB, DFC
(1913–1990)
1 October 194630 June 19514 years, 272 days
(6)
Harold Willmott CBE
Willmott, HaroldBrigadier
Harold Willmott CBE
(1899–1993)
1 July 195124 August 19543 years, 54 days
8
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
Melville, StephenBrigadier
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
25 August 195422 September 19562 years, 28 days
9
Barend Viljoen SSA, OBE
Viljoen, BarendMajor general
Barend Viljoen SSA, OBE
(1908–1995)
23 September 195630 April 19658 years, 219 days
10
Henry 'Kalfie' Martin SM, CBE, DFC
Martin, KalfieLieutenant general
Henry 'Kalfie' Martin SM, CBE, DFC
(1910–2000)
1 May 196530 November 19672 years, 213 days
11
Jacobus Verster SSA, SM
Verster, JacobusLieutenant general
Jacobus Verster SSA, SM
(1919–1981)
1 December 196728 February 19757 years, 89 days
12
Robert 'Bob' Rogers SSA, SM, MMM, DSO, DFC & bar
Rogers, BobLieutenant general
Robert 'Bob' Rogers SSA, SM, MMM, DSO, DFC & bar
(1921–2000)
1 March 197530 November 19794 years, 274 days
13
Michal Muller SSAS, SD
Muller, MichalLieutenant general
Michal Muller SSAS, SD
(born 1930)
1 December 197929 February 19844 years, 90 days
14
Denis Earp SSA, SD, SM, SOE
Earp, DenisLieutenant general
Denis Earp SSA, SD, SM, SOE
(born 1930)
1 March 198430 June 19884 years, 121 days
15
Jan van Loggerenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
van Loggerenberg, JanLieutenant general
Jan van Loggerenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1935)
1 July 198831 October 19913 years, 122 days
16
James Kriel SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
Kriel, JamesLieutenant general
James Kriel SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
(1942–2016)
1 November 199130 April 19964 years, 181 days
17
Willem Hechter SSA, SD, SM, MMM
Hechter, WillemLieutenant general
Willem Hechter SSA, SD, SM, MMM
(born 1942)
1 May 199629 February 20003 years, 304 days[11]
18
Roelf Beukes SD, SM, MMM
Beukes, RoelfLieutenant general
Roelf Beukes SD, SM, MMM
1 March 200028 February 20054 years, 364 days
19
Carlo Gagiano SM, MMM
Gagiano, CarloLieutenant general
Carlo Gagiano SM, MMM
(born 1951)
1 March 200530 September 20127 years, 213 days
20
Fabian Msimang SM, MMM
Msimang, FabianLieutenant general
Fabian Msimang SM, MMM
(born 1960)
1 October 2012Incumbent6 years, 283 days[12]

Chief of the Navy[edit]

The Chief of the South African Navy is the professional head of the Navy. The post was called 'Officer Commanding South African Naval Service' 1922–32, 'Director, Seaward Defence Force' 1940–42, 'Director, South African Naval Forces' 1942–51, 'Naval & Marine Chief of Staff' 1951–55, and 'Naval Chief of Staff' 1955–66, and has been 'Chief of the Navy' since 1966.

Chief of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Norman Rankin
Rankin, NormanCommander
Norman Rankin
1 April 19223 June 19286 years, 63 days
2
Robert F.U.P. Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald, RobertCommander
Robert F.U.P. Fitzgerald
4 June 19284 November 19324 years, 153 days
Position of the Chief of the Navy did not exist from 1932–39[a]
3
Guy Hallifax CMG
Hallifax, GuyRear admiral
Guy Hallifax CMG
(1884–1941)
16 September 193928 March 1941 †1 year, 193 days
4
James Dalgleish CBE
Dalgleish, JamesCommodore
James Dalgleish CBE
(1891–1964)
28 March 194130 November 19465 years, 247 days
5
Frederick Dean OBE
Dean, FrederickCommodore
Frederick Dean OBE
(1900–1983)
1 December 194630 June 19514 years, 211 days
6
Pieter de Waal CB, CBE
de Waal, PieterBrigadier
Pieter de Waal CB, CBE
(1899–1977)
1 July 195130 November 19521 year, 152 days
7
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
Biermann, HugoVice admiral
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
(1916–2012)
1 December 195231 March 197219 years, 121 days
8
James 'Flam' Johnson SSA, SM, DSC
Johnson, JamesVice admiral
James 'Flam' Johnson SSA, SM, DSC
(1918–1990)
1 April 197230 September 19775 years, 182 days
9
Johan Charl Walters SD, SM, MMM
Walters, Johan CharlVice admiral
Johan Charl Walters SD, SM, MMM
(1919–1993)
1 October 197730 January 19802 years, 121 days
10
Ronald A. Edwards SSAS, SM, MMM
Edwards, Ronald A.Vice admiral
Ronald A. Edwards SSAS, SM, MMM
(1923–2014)
1 February 198030 September 19822 years, 241 days
11
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
Putter, AndriesVice admiral
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
(1935–2014)
1 October 198230 June 19852 years, 272 days
12
Glen Syndercombe SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
Syndercombe, GlenVice admiral
Glen Syndercombe SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1931–2005)
1 July 198531 March 19893 years, 273 days
(11)
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
Putter, AndriesVice admiral
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
(1935–2014)
1 April 198930 June 19901 year, 90 days
13
Lambert J 'Woody' Woodburne DVR, SD, SM
Woodburne, LambertVice admiral
Lambert J 'Woody' Woodburne DVR, SD, SM
(1939–2013)
1 July 199031 August 19922 years, 61 days
14
Robert Simpson-Anderson SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
Simpson-Anderson, RobertVice admiral
Robert Simpson-Anderson SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
(born 1942)
1 September 199231 October 20008 years, 60 days
15
Johan Retief SD & Bar, PG, SM, MMM
Retief, JohanVice admiral
Johan Retief SD & Bar, PG, SM, MMM
(born 1946)
1 November 200028 February 20054 years, 119 days
16
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu CLS, DMG, SM, MMS, MMM, MMB
Mudimu, Refiloe JohannesVice admiral
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu CLS, DMG, SM, MMS, MMM, MMB
(born 1954)
1 March 200531 March 20149 years, 30 days[13]
17
Samuel Hlongwane MMS, MMB
Hlongwane, SamuelVice admiral
Samuel Hlongwane MMS, MMB
(born 1962)
1 April 2014Incumbent5 years, 101 days

Surgeon General[edit]

The Surgeon General is the Chief of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS), which was known as the South African Medical Service (SAMS) before 1994.

Surgeon General Took office Left office Time in office Ref
South African Medical Service
1
Eugene Raymond SSA, SM
Raymond, EugeneMajor general
Eugene Raymond SSA, SM
(born 1923)
1 February 196031 March 19699 years, 58 days
2
Colin Cockcroft SSA, SM
Cockcroft, ColinLieutenant general
Colin Cockcroft SSA, SM
(1917–1987)
1 April 196931 October 19778 years, 213 days
3
Nicolaas Nieuwoudt SSA, SD, SM
Nieuwoudt, NicolaasLieutenant general
Nicolaas Nieuwoudt SSA, SD, SM
(1929–1989)
1 November 197729 February 198810 years, 120 days
4
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Knobel, DanielLieutenant general
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1936)
1 March 198827 April 19946 years, 57 days
South African Military Health Service
1
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Knobel, DanielLieutenant general
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1936)
27 April 199430 November 19973 years, 217 days
2
Davidson Masuku SSAS, MMM, KStJ
Masuku, DavidsonLieutenant general
Davidson Masuku SSAS, MMM, KStJ
(1940–2000)
1 December 199730 September 20002 years, 334 days[14]
3
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
Rensburg, Jurinus JanseLieutenant general
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
(born 1952)
1 October 200031 July 20054 years, 303 days
4
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
Ramlakan, VejaynandLieutenant general
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
(born 1957)
1 August 200531 March 20137 years, 242 days
5
Aubrey Sedibe DMG, MMS, MMB, OStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Sedibe, AubreyLieutenant general
Aubrey Sedibe DMG, MMS, MMB, OStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1957)
1 April 2013Incumbent6 years, 101 days

Chief of Joint Operations[edit]

Chief of Joint Operations Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Deon Ferreira PVD, SD, SM, MMM
Ferreira, DeonLieutenant general
Deon Ferreira PVD, SD, SM, MMM
(1946–2002)
1 August 199731 December 20003 years, 152 days South African Army
2
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
Ngwenya, GodfreyLieutenant general
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
(born 1950)
1 January 200131 May 20054 years, 150 days South African Army
3
Sipho Binda MMS
Binda, SiphoLieutenant general
Sipho Binda MMS
(1952–2006)
1 June 200510 November 2006 †1 year, 162 days South African Army[15]
4
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
Matanzima, ThembaLieutenant general
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
(born 1953)
1 September 200730 September 20114 years, 29 days South African Army
5
Derrick Mgwebi
Mgwebi, DerrickLieutenant general
Derrick Mgwebi
(born 1956)
1 October 201131 January 20164 years, 122 days South African Army[9]
6
Duma Mdutyana MMB
Mdutyana, DumaLieutenant general
Duma Mdutyana MMB
(1960–2016)
1 February 20166 July 2016 †156 days South African Army[16]
7
Barney Hlatshwayo
Hlatshwayo, BarneyLieutenant general
Barney Hlatshwayo
(born 1958)
1 January 2017Incumbent2 years, 191 days South African Army

Chief of Corporate Staff[edit]

The Chief of Corporate Staff is responsible for the provision of all staff services for the SANDF.[17]

Chief of Corporate Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Martyn Trainor SD, SM, MMM
Trainor, MartynVice admiral
Martyn Trainor SD, SM, MMM
(born 1944)
1 October 200031 January 20043 years, 122 days South African Navy
2
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
Matanzima, ThembaLieutenant general
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
(born 1953)
1 February 200431 July 20051 year, 180 days South African Army
3
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
Rensburg, Jurinus JanseLieutenant general
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
(born 1952)
1 August 200530 April 20104 years, 272 daysSouth African Military Health Service
Louis Dlulane
Dlulane, LouisMajor general
Louis Dlulane
(born 1952)
Acting
1 May 201030 March 20132 years, 333 days South African Army[18]
4
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
Ramlakan, VejaynandLieutenant general
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
(born 1957)
1 April 201331 May 20152 years, 60 daysSouth African Military Health Service[18]
5
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
Masondo, VusumuziLieutenant general
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
(born 1957)
1 February 2016Incumbent3 years, 160 days South African Army[18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ During this period, the Navy disposed of its ships and reduced personnel to a few administrative staff due to the Great Depression.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chapter 1 : Introductory Provisions 4A. Military Command of Defence Force". Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002). Parliament of South Africa. 2002. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002). Parliament of South Africa. 2002. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Ellis, Johan (2000). "Oswald Pirow's Five-Year Plan for the Reorganisation of the Union Defence Force, 1933–1938". South African Journal of Military Studies. 30 (2).
  4. ^ http://www.dod.mil.za/documents/acts/defence%20act44of1957.pdf
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