Former senior military major-general, Manfred Mabuza has died.
The news of his death was made public by the defence force chief, Gen Solly Shoke, and members of the Military Command.
The retired defence inteligence general died on Tuesday after a brief illness.
The SANDF said before his retirement, Mabuza held several positions in defence intelligence.
He was appointed senior staff officer strategic intelligence.
He was later promoted and appointed as a personal staff officer to the former SANDF chief, Gen Siphiwe Nyanda.
Mabuza was later transferred and appointed director covert collection before he was raised to the position of chief director counter intelligence.
That was the last potion he held before he was appointed general officer commanding training command and responsible for all training institutions of the SANDF military.
He held this position until he retired in December 2014.
Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, deputy minister Thabang Makwetla, secretary for defence Sonto Kudjoe and Shoke expressed their sadness and “heartfelt condolences” to his family, colleagues and friends.