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Security forces have been placed on high alert after an intelligence report warned of an alleged plot by disgruntled South African soldiers to abduct top military officials, including minister of defence Lindiwe Sisulu.
The acting chief of the South African National Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Themba Matanzima, told the Sunday Times this week that several soldiers were under investigation and some faced charges of mutiny. They face dismissal if convicted.
The alleged plot was first revealed in an affidavit by Matanzima, filed in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, that Military Intelligence had exposed a plan to kidnap senior military officials at a function at a military base earlier this month.
The affidavit formed part of this week’s court battle between the SANDF and the military’s biggest union, the South African National Defence Union (SANDU), over a planned march on the Union Buildings by soldiers on Wednesday.
In the eight-page affidavit Matanzima states that the country is living in “treacherous times”, adding that on August 5 Sisulu had been scheduled to open a hospice at Lenz military base, south of Johannesburg.