This is what the SANDF warned after it was claimed that too many members of the public used similar clothing to members of the army, which would make it difficult to differentiate between civilians and soldiers.
The Defence Act 42 of 2002 Section 104 (5) and (6) stipulate that: “Any person who, without authority, possesses or wears prescribed uniforms, distinctive marks or crests, or performs any prohibited act while wearing such uniform or with such uniform, distinctive marks or crests, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.”
SANDF spokesperson Brigadier Mafi Mgobozi said the SANDF was “highly concerned” by the growing trend among the public who, knowingly or unknowingly, wore and or were in possession of, either complete or various items of the SANDF combat dress (camouflage) illegally.
Camo prints have become an international trend with celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian spotted wearing them.
Members of the public also smaak wearing army print in the street.
Fashion commentator Thandolwethu Tsekiso said the SANDF was “over-reacting”.