L.D. Tshabalala (WO SAAF)
Senior Chief Warrant Officer Lefu Dan Tshabalala
was born 12 November 1957 in Viljoenskroon.
Started school in 1964 and completed his matric
through distance learning.
His military career started in May 1977in the
then Bophuthatswana Defence Force (Bop
Defence). Promoted to L Cpl at the end of 1977
and served in the Infantry as Section Commander
before he moved to Human Resources mid 78 as a
Cpl. Promoted to Sgt in 1980 and F Sgt in
In 1985 when he was promoted to the rank
of WO2, he became the Chief Personnel Clerk. In
1990 he was promoted to the rank of WO1 and
appointed as Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM).
Appointed as RSM of the then Bophuthatswana Air Force in
SCWO Tshabalala completed his Human Resources
functional courses up to and including the Chief
Personnel Clerk at the Bop Def and the Personnel
He completed his Senior Warrant
Officers Course at the SA Army College in 1989.
He attended the Equal Opportunity Advisors
course in the United States Air Force in 1996.
He integrated in 1995 and worked at Human
Resources Services, recruiting and selecting new
members for the SA Air Force (SAAF). In 2000 he
was appointed as Directing Staff Member at the
SA Air Force College and in 2001 as Senior
In Jan 02 he was appointed as
the Chief Instructor and only six months later
as the Sergeant Major of the Inspector General
of the Air Force. In Sep 04 he was appointed as
the Warrant Officer in Charge of the Warrant
Officers’ Academy. SCWO Tshabalala took over
the post of the Warrant Officer of the Air Force
on the 1st Nov 08.
He is an introvert and likes his space. He
enjoys working out in the gym and walking.
His philosophy in life is “Never do things to
please others, just do what is right.”