Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
15 Apr 2021
5:11 pm

Combat soldier ‘fit for the job’: New army chief Rudzani Maphwanya

Sipho Mabena

Defence expert says Maphwanya's background makes him the perfect choice for the chief of the SANDF at any time, but particularly now.

Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya. Picture: YouTube

  With a stint in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Special Forces and as chief of the Joint Operations (JOps), experts believe new army chief Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya is impressively armed to lead an SANDF crippled by budgetary cuts. Last year, The Citizen reported how budget cuts had sent the SA Air Force (SAAF) into a tailspin, with experts warning of its imminent crash as its ageing aircraft gathers dust and crew lose qualifications due to a lack of flying time. ALSO READ: Ramaphosa announces new SANDF chief In May, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula admitted her department was in...