20 years celebration of defence intelligence in a democracy

Cpl Ally Rakoma

Two decades later, the year 2014 is a success story to celebrate as it presents our country with a historical milestone that epitomizes many of the elements of the positive transformation that South Africa has undergone since 1994.

On 4 April 2004 Defence Intelligence Division, under the leadership of Lt Gen Jeremiah Nyembe, celebrated its role in 20 years of democracy at the South African Defence Intelligence College (SADIC) in Pretoria.

It was a day like no other as the former Chiefs of Defence Intelligence of the SANDF since 1994 attended this momentous occasion, namely: Lt Gen (Ret) Dirk Verbeek who served as Chief Defence Intelligence from 1 April 1994 to 31 May 1999, followed by Lt Gen (Ret) Moreti Motau, who took the reigns from 01 June 1999 to 31 March 2009 and Lt Gen (Ret) Mxolisi Shilubane from 1 April 2009 to 31 November 2012.

The day presented an opportunity for members of Defence Intelligence Division to reflect on the important strides and key milestones made over the past 20 years. A moment of silence was observed in recognition of those who paid the ultimate price in the course of pursuing our freedom.

While noting the progress made by Defence Intelligence since 1994, Lt Gen Nyembe said that the 20th year of our freedom enables us to reflect on the remarkable transformation of Defence Intelligence that has taken place in the past 20 years, an organisation that has played so many roles in bringing about the peace and stability that we see in the region and beyond today.

Photos: Pte Jonathan Mogano

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