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SANDF distances itself from claims of a coup against Ramaphosa

The South African National Defence Force(SANDF) has distanced itself from plans of removing President Cyril Ramaphosa from office.

SANDF CONDEMS VIRAL VIDEO CLAIMS

This comes after a viral video of a former navy commander Sylvester Mangolele, demanded Ramaphosa to report to the training college in Gordan’s Bay in the Western Cape to submit his resignation.

The video, created on New Year’s Day, threated the President to appear before Mangolele within 48 hours or face military actions.

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In a statement, the SANDF has condemed Mangolele utterances and distanced itself from the statements made. It also revealed that Mangolele was fired from army in 2018 and therefore does not have authority to speak on behalf of the SANDF.

“The SANDF condemns Sylvester Mangolele’s utterances with contempt it deserves. His comments are not reflective or nor represent the SANDF in any shape or form.”

MANGOLELE’S CLAIMS

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In his video Mangolele claims to he will be sixth President of the country and the SANDF is the county’s last defence when all organs of state have failed.

The former commander accused Ramaphosa of failing to uphold Section 9(2) of the Constitution which pertains to equality.

“You incumbent President Ramaphosa have failed to uphold, defend and respect that equality includes equal and full enjoyment of all rights and freedoms as obligated in terms of section 9(2) of the Constitution”, says Mangolele.

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