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Allegiance  South Africa
Rank  Lieutenant general
Name  Themba Matanzima

Other work  Military Ombudsman
Years of service  1977 - 2011
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Born  2 February 1953 (age 62) Cofimvaba (1953-02-02)
Commands held  Chief of Joint Operations Division Chief Human Resources Chief of Corporate Staff Chief of Joint Support Chief of Personnel, SANDF Chief of Army Staff Personnel GOC Eastern Province Command Chief of the TDF Chief of Staff of the TDF
Awards  Commander Class Medal (CCM) Southern Cross Medal (SM) Military Merit Medal (MMM) Military Rule Medal General Service Medal Unitas Medal Transkei Defence Force Medal Medalje vir Troue Diens (Medal for Loyal Service with 30 Year Clasp) Good Service Medal, Silver (20 Years) Faithful Service Medal (10 Years) Parachute Wings (South Africa) (Basic, Static Line)

Service/branch  South African Army

Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima CCM SM MMM is a former South African Army officer, serving as Military Ombudsman.

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He was born on 2 February 1953 in Cofimvaba. He joined the Transkei Defence Force in January 1977.

Army career

Matanzima transferred to the South African National Defence Force on integration in 1994. After a period on the Joint Military Coordinating Committee that oversaw the integration process, he then became General Officer Commanding Eastern Province Command in 1996. In 1998 he became Chief of Army Personnel.

In 1999 he was appointed Chief of Personnel and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. In 2000, the SANDF restructured and he was appointed into a newly created post of Chief of Joint Support.

In 2004 he was appointed Chief of Corporate Staff until 2005, when he became Chief Human Resources.

He appointed Chief of Joint Operations on 1 September 1, 2007 after the death of Lt Gen Sipho Binda in car accident in 2006.

In 2010 he served as acting Secretary for Defence and Acting CSANDF on a number of occasions.

Medals

He has been awarded the following:

  • Commander Class Medal (CCM)
  • Southern Cross Medal (SM)
  • Military Merit Medal (MMM)
  • Military Rule Medal
  • General Service Medal
  • Unitas Medal
  • Transkei Defence Force Medal
  • Medalje vir Troue Diens (Medal for Loyal Service with 30 Year Clasp)
  • Good Service Medal, Silver (20 Years)
  • Faithful Service Medal (10 Years)
  • Other

  • Parachute Wings (South Africa) (Basic, Static Line)
  • References

    Themba Matanzima Wikipedia


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