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Themba Templeton Matanzima
Born 2 February 1953(1953-02-02) (age 68)
Place of birth Cofimvaba
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South Africa Army
Commands held

Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima CCM SM MMM is a former South African Army officer, serving as Military Ombudsman.[1]

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

Army career[edit | edit source]

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[3] 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[4] 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.[5]

Honours and awards[edit | edit source]

Medals[edit | edit source]

He has been awarded the following:[6]

Other[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Military offices

New title
Office of the Ombudsman established
Military Ombudsman(South Africa)
2011 –
Preceded by
Sipho Binda
Chief of Joint Operations
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Derrick Mgwebi
New title
HR Division established
Chief of Human Resources
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Derrick Mgwebi
Preceded by
Martyn Trainor
Chief of Corporate Staff
2004 – 2005
Succeeded by
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg
New title
Joint Support established as a new division
Chief of Joint Support
2000 – 2004
Succeeded by
Sipho Binda
Preceded by
Piet Loedolff
Chief of Staff Personnel
1999 – 2000
Personnel Division disbanded
Preceded by
Chief of the TDF
1993 – 1994
Integrated into the SANDF

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