General J. Khanye
CURRICULUM VITAE: BRIG GEN J. KHANYE
Born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg on 14 May 1956. The family was
forcibly moved to Meadowlands. He started his elementary schooling at
Limerick Bantoe Skool in the Free State. He later went back to
Johannesburg for primary and secondary education. He actively
participated in the June 16 Uprising against the introduction of
Afrikaans as a medium of instruction to all subjects, but vernacular.
He joined uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1976 and underwent basic and
function training in Angola and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
respectively. He was later to be trained by Irish Republican Army on
manufacturing of explosives. He became the youngest commander ever in
the ranks of MK in charge of special training.
He was later deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal to establish units that were to
target and sabotage RSA strategic installation and national key points.
He returned to exile after he was injured during exchange of fire with
the then SADF in the Piet Retief area. After thorough medical
examination he was found not be fit for military operations again, hence
his desire to further his education in aeronautical science.
He returned to South Africa in 1991 and integrated into the new SANDF in
1994. After his promotion to a Lt Col, he was immediately sent to the
Democratic Republic of Congo to establish a new military attaché’s
office and help to strengthen military relationship between SANDF and
Armed Forces of the DRC. He was further tasked by the
Commander-in-Chief to explore the possibility of negotiation between the
Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and the Rwandan Defence
Force in an effort to resolve the conflict in the Great Lakes Region.
He has completed all military courses and he has been the commanding
officer of several units before his appointment as SSO Technology and
later Director of education, training and development to date. He is
well-known for being ardent disciplinarian and a bulwark of
anti-corruption. He detests cronyism, nepotism, tribalism and racism
because these malpractices pose serious threat to the stability of the
organisation, the SAAF.
He is married and blessed with three children, one son and two
He is a passionate chess player and a fanatic of soccer. He
prefers provoking discussions on topical issues, particularly matters
that affect our day-to-day lives both at work place and as citizens of