First woman appointed to Military Command of SANDF

Major-General Thalita Mxakato

Major-General Thalita Mxakato



JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the first woman to the Military Command of the SANDF.

Major-General Thalita Mxakato will assume the position of Chief of Defence Intelligence on 1 June.

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Ramaphosa said: "I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Major-General Thalita Mxakato as Chief of Defence Intelligence as of 1 June 2021.

"The Defence Intelligence Division provides combat-ready intelligence and counter-intelligence capabilities for employment in operations or joint and multinational force preparations.

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"Major-General Mxakato joined Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1983. She completed her basic training in Angola and specialisation training in the German Democratic Republic. She has served in the SANDF since its formation in 1994."

Before joining the Defence Intelligence Division in 2003, she served in the South African Military Health Services and the Defence Inspectorate Division.

She currently serves as Deputy Chief Defence Intelligence. Once she assumes her position as the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major-General Mxakato will become the first woman to be appointed to the Military Command of the SANDF.


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