Major-General ‘Mannetjies’ MJ De Goede – leader with faith in the forces

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Major-General ‘Mannetjies’ MJ De Goede – leader with faith in the forces

South African National Defence Force acting chief Major-General ‘Mannetjies’ MJ De Goede. Picture: Amanda Watson

‘We have a very tight budget, and it’s diminishing every year … If we take another budget cut, then we are really in trouble,’ says the hardened career soldier.

After the unexpected and sudden death of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Army Chief Lieutenant-General Thabiso Mokhosi in December, the mantle of acting chief was passed to one of SA’s most experienced soldiers, Major-General “Mannetjies” MJ De Goede. After serving in the armed forces for the past 40 years, De Goede was looking forward to putting his feet up in June next year and watching the next batch of SA’s finest come through the ranks. “I’m very positive. There is a good breed of soldiers currently in the military. “There’s a good breed coming through under the recruitment drive....



 


 

 

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