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Lindile Yam
File:File:General Yam - DRC.jpg
Major General Lindile Yam during a visit to the FIB in the DRC during 2014
Born 8 August 1960(1960-08-08) (age 61)
Place of birth East London, Eastern Cape
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South Africa Army
Service number 94654191PE[1]
Commands held

Major General Lindile Yam (born 8 August 1960)[2] is a South African Army Officer serving as General Officer Commanding the South African Army Infantry Formation.[3]

Military career[edit | edit source]

He joined Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC, in 1981 and became part of the South African National Defence Force in 1994 when all the forces were integrated. He served as Officer Commanding of 13 South African Infantry Battalion from November 1994 to November 1997.[2]

He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1995 for a Global Security Strategy Course.[2]

He served as the 18th Commandant of the South African Military Academy from 2009 to 2011. He was promoted to Major General and was appointed as GOC South African Army Infantry Formation on 1 November 2011.[1] He formally took over command on 2 March 2012 at a parade at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Lt Gen Themba Nkabinde
GOC South African Army Infantry Formation
02 March 2012 – Present
Preceded by
R Adm (JG) Derek Christian
Commandant of the South African Military Academy
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Brig Gen Lawrence Mbatha

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