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South Africa's first Deputy Mil­i­tary Om­bud

Ad­vo­cate Ren­dani Pa­tience Mari­vate has ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of and ex­pe­ri­ence in the mil­i­tary and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, hav­ing served in the South African Na­tional De­fence Force for over 20 years. Raised and ed­u­cated in Lim­popo, she ma­tric­u­lated from Lwa­mondo Sec­ondary School in 1985.

She be­came the first black fe­male of­fi­cer in the South African Navy in 1995 and joined the Le­gal Of­fice in Si­mon's Town af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Naval Col­lege in 1995. She com­pleted her law de­gree at the Univer­sity of Venda in 1990 and her LLB in 1993 at the Univer­sity of the North where she also lec­tured for six months. She ob­tained a LLM from Unisa in 2003.

In 1999 she was trans­ferred to the Mil­i­tary Pros­e­cu­tion Coun­sel and has climbed the ranks to mil­i­tary judge in 2004 and se­nior mil­i­tary judge from 2005 to 2011.

Adv Mari­vate served as the direc­tor of Mil­i­tary De­fence Coun­sel in 2011 and was re­spon­si­ble for an af­ford­able, fully in­te­grated, cred­i­ble, sus­tain­able, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient mil­i­tary de­fence coun­sel ser­vice for mem­bers of the SANDF when­ever re­quired.

Ad­vo­cate Mari­vate as­sumed her du­ties at the Of­fice of the Mil­i­tary Om­bud on 1 April 2017.

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