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Chief of the of South African National Defence Force
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General Solly Shoke

since 2 May 2011
Department of Defence
Reports to Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Seat Pretoria, Gauteng
Nominator President of South Africa
Precursor Chief of the South African Defence Force
Formation 27 April 1994
First holder General Georg Meiring

The Chief of the South African National Defence Force is the most senior South African military officer and the professional Head of the Defence Force and is appointed by the President of South Africa.[1]:18

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was formed in 1994 following the democratic general election in South Africa and was created by an amalgamation of the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) as well as the existing South African Defence Force (SADF) structure of Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998).

Constitutional role[]

In terms of the South African Constitution the role of the Chief of the South African National Defence Force is to

  1. Act as the principal adviser to the Minister on any military, operational and administrative matters[1]:20
  2. Maintain a military response capability[1]:20
  3. Formulate and issuing military policy and doctrines[1]:20

Chiefs of the SANDF[]

Chief of the SANDF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
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 Africa Army
Nyanda, SiphiweGeneral Siphiwe Nyanda SSA SBS CLS DMG MMS MMM
(born 1950)
1 June 199831 May 20056 years, 364 days South Africa Army
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 Africa Army
Shoke, SollyGeneral Solly Shoke OMBG SBS MMS OMS
(born 1956)
2 May 2011Incumbent10 years, 249 days South Africa Army[2]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Defence Act 42 of 2002". South African Government. 2002. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  2. "Chief of the SANDF, General S. Shoke". Department of Defence. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 

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