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sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that it has been more than eight months since a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier disappeared from the SA Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn.

Isak Thompson, 50, was dropped off at the army base on 16 July by his brother, Ricardo, a day before he was set to start a 10-week training course. Two days later, the SANDF reported Thompson missing. An R4 rifle, which was last seen in Thompson's possession, was also missing. Thompson's family said the last eight months had been "a terrible nightmare", from which they could not seem to wake up. "It's been really painful not knowing where my brother is,” Ricardo said, adding that while the police's investigating officer was keeping the family up to date with the investigation, there remained no sign of his brother. Thompson, who had reportedly received basic sniper training, was undergoing an advanced reconnaissance platoon course, with 27 other members, when he vanished. Thompson's wife, Juanita, said police had taken possession of her husband's bank card, ID and other important documents, which she needed to get access to his bank account. Although he has not been seen for eight months, SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini confirmed that Thompson's salary was still being paid monthly into his bank account and explained that according to the policy, “the member's salary cannot be stopped, unless officially declared otherwise by a court of law.”

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lisalee Solomons at News24


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