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{{Military history of South Africa}}
 
{{Military history of South Africa}}
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This article lists the '''[[South Africa]]n military chiefs'''. From 1958 until the first post-apartheid general election in 1994, the present-day [[South African National Defence Force]] was known as the [[South African Defence Force]]. From 1912 to 1958, the military was known as the [[Union Defence Force (South Africa)|Union Defence Force]].
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This article lists the '''[[South Africa]]n military chiefs'''. From 1958 until the [[South African general election, 1994|first post-apartheid general election]] in 1994, the present-day [[South African National Defence Force]] was known as the [[South African Defence Force]]. From 1912 to 1958, the military was known as the [[Union Defence Force (South Africa)|Union Defence Force]].
   
 
In terms of section 202(1) of the [[Constitution of South Africa]], the military command of the Defence Force consists of<ref>{{cite book|title=Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002)|date=2002|publisher=Parliament of South Africa|chapter=Chapter 1 : Introductory Provisions 4A. Military Command of Defence Force}}</ref> the Chief of the Defence Force plus the Chiefs of the combat arms (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well as
 
In terms of section 202(1) of the [[Constitution of South Africa]], the military command of the Defence Force consists of<ref>{{cite book|title=Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002)|date=2002|publisher=Parliament of South Africa|chapter=Chapter 1 : Introductory Provisions 4A. Military Command of Defence Force}}</ref> the Chief of the Defence Force plus the Chiefs of the combat arms (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well as
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===Chief of the SADF===
 
===Chief of the SADF===
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The UDF was renamed 'South African Defence Force' in November 1958.<ref>http://www.dod.mil.za/documents/acts/defence%20act44of1957.pdf</ref> The Commandant General's title was then changed to 'Commandant General SADF'. It was changed to 'Chief of the SADF' in July 1973, after Admiral Hugo Biermann assumed the post the year before. After South Africa's first democratic election, the [[South African Defence Force]] (SADF) became the [[South African National Defence Force]] (SANDF).
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The UDF was renamed 'South African Defence Force' in November 1958.<ref>http://www.dod.mil.za/documents/acts/defence%20act44of1957.pdf</ref> The Commandant General's title was then changed to 'Commandant General SADF'. It was changed to 'Chief of the SADF' in July 1973, after Admiral Hugo Biermann assumed the post the year before. After South Africa's [[South African general election, 1994|first democratic election]], the [[South African Defence Force]] (SADF) became the [[South African National Defence Force]] (SANDF).
   
 
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