SANDF, noun

Initial letters of South African National Defence Force, from 1994 the collective name of the armed forces. Also attributive. See also Defence Force.
Note:
Formerly called the South African Defence Force (see SADF).
1994 W. Goldman in Grocott’s Mail 29 Apr. 1Grahamstown-based South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials knew the first multi-racial election went ‘without a hitch’ when they witnessed a cricket match at the same hotel where a bloody massacre took place just one year ago.
1994 Weekend Post 6 Aug. 8The appointment of former SADF chief of staff Lt-Gen Pierre Steyn as Defence Secretary is a wise move. It remedies the failure to make him chief of the SANDF when the opportunity arose with the installation of the new government in May.
1994 Sunday Times 28 Aug. 1Exhausted policemen..traffic officers, SANDF soldiers and police reservists wrapped up the night’s work at 4am yesterday.
1994 Natal Witness 23 Dec. 1The fact that the king is being protected by the SANDF had brought ‘worrying dimensions’ to the king’s ‘alienation’ from his people.
Initial letters of South African National Defence Force, from 1994 the collective name of the armed forces. Also attributive.
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