It has come to the attention of the Department of Military Veterans that an SMS/Email with the wording as below is currently being distributed widely amongst members of the former SADF.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT THIS SMS IS NOT OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS AND IT CONTAINS FALSE INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT BE FORWARDED.
1. There is no email address like email@example.com.
2. There is no once-off pension pay-out of R30000.
3. There was no Government Gazette published in this regard in April 2011.
“Was jy in die weermag?
Het jy uitgeklaar voor 1989?
Stuur jou naam,Id en magsno. aan: firstname.lastname@example.org. om te registreer vir n
eenmalige pensioen uitbetaling van R30000. Kyk na die Govt Gazette oor die
aangeleentheid. (Datums in April 2011) Stuur hierdie sms vir al jou pelle.
“Were you in the Army?
Did you clear out before 1989?
Send your name, ID and Force No to: email@example.com to register for a
once-off pension pay-out of R30000. See the Govt Gazette with regard to
this matter (Dates in April 2011). Send this sms to all your friends.
v The Military Veterans’ Bill was approved by Cabinet in November 2010
v This Bill contains the definition of a Military Veteran and also proposes that Military Veterans should get benefits i.e. assistance with Health Care, Housing, Pensions, Education, Transport etc.
v The Bill is currently being discussed by Parliament and NOT YET APPROVED – whatever is contained in the bill can still change.
v An OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT will be made once the Bill is approved.
v Mrs van Eeden DOES NOT DEAL WITH PENSIONS.
v Mrs van Eeden verifies bona-fide military veterans, she developed, and maintains, the Military Veterans’ Database. Registrations have been temporarily put on hold as a result of the HUGE NUMBER of applications received. We are currently enhancing our system to make it more effective. You will be informed when we resume.
v DO NOT give your Banking Details to persons promising you “Cash Pay-Outs” or “Pensions” etc.
v DO NOT pay “admin fees” for applying for these hoax “pensions” etc.
v The Military Veterans’ Bill (as approved by Cabinet) is available from the Government Website (www.gov.za) if you wish to read through it. Keep in mind that it is still being discussed by Parliament and could still change – it is not yet law.
Please edit your website and forward this communique to all your fellow military veterans in order for us to stop this fraudulent activities and the spreading of false rumours!
See article below for your information.
Alettie van Eeden
Department of Military Veterans
Republic of South Africa