Philemon Jerry Masisi

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Philemon Jerry Masisi
Born (1958-12-26) December 26, 1958 (age 62)
Johannesburg, South Africa
AllegianceSouth Africa
SAMHS
Years of service
  • 1970s–1998 Umkhonto we Sizwe
  • 1998–2016 South African Medical Service
Rank
  • Political Commissar (Umkhonto we Sizwe)
  • Brigadier General (SAMHS)
Commands held8 Medical Battalion Group (2008–11)
Awards
  • Operational Medal for Southern Africa
  • South Africa Service Medal
  • Unitas Medal
  • Medalje vir Troue Diens (Medal for Loyal Service with 30 Year Clasp)
  • Service Medal in Silver
  • Service Medal in Bronze
Spouse(s)Brigadier-General Patience Masisi
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NationalitySouth African
CitizenshipSouth Africa
Education
  • Honours Degree in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Masters Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security
  • PhD Session Certificate in Diplomacy
Alma mater
  • University of Maiduguri
  • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques

Brigadier-General Philemon Jerry Masisi, (born 26 December 1958) is a South African military commander. He joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, and served in multiple roles while fighting against the South African government in the 1980s. He transferred to the South African National Defence Force when MK was incorporated into it in 1998, and has served as a Defence Attaché in Paris, France from 2005 to 2008 before being the commanding officer of the 8 Medical Battalion Group, from 2008-2011. He was responsible for the operation that assisted hospitals with medical assistance during the 2010 health sector strike.[1] He was subsequently promoted to Brigadier General, assuming the position of Director Military Health Human Resources.

Military career

Masisi attended primary school in Soweto and relocated to Rustenburg in 1974, to attend high school. He eventually completed his high school in Lesotho in 1981. Other academic qualifications include an Honours Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri, a Masters Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and a PhD Session Certificate in Diplomacy from Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS). Masisi joined the African National Congress (ANC), in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he served as an MK political commissar during the liberation struggle against the South African government. He reported directly to the then MK Chief of Staff, Chris Hani. He obtained his military training in Angola and additionally received special rural commando training in Ethiopia, alongside a detachment of SWAPO guerillas. He served as a political instructor, focusing on the Marxism-Leninism philosophy He became the Chairman of the Regional Political Committee (RPC) of the ANC in Angola in the mid 1980s.[2] in 1991, he left Angola to study in Nigeria

In 1997, Masisi returned to South Africa and joined the South African National Defence Force in 1998. Although his proposed rank of integration was Brigadier General, as he had fulfilled all criteria to integrate with the rank, he integrated with the rank of Colonel. From 1999 to 2004, he served in multiple senior positions in the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS), serving as Senior Staff Officer Strategy from 1999 to 2000, Senior Staff Officer Career Management from 2001 to 2004 and briefly served as Director Military Health Human Resources in acting capacity. In 2003, he completed the Executive National Security Programme (ENSP), which was a preparation for external deployment. In 2005, he was appointed as the Adjutant Defence Attaché to the South African Embassy in Paris. During his tenure, he attended many AFRICOM conferences and greatly improved military relations, with regards to military and military health services between France and South Africa. [3]

When his tour of duty ended in 2008, he was appointed as the Commander of the 8 Medical Battalion Group, a unit that specialises in military health operations, and closely linked with the 7 Medical Battalion Group[4]. In 2010, Masisi was promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier General, in the post of Director Military Health Human Resources, a post that oversees the career management of the entire strength of the SAMHS [5]. In 2014, he was transferred to the Inspectorate Division of the Department of Defence (DOD) and served as the leader of Project Mounting, which probes into auditing irregularities within the DOD. He retired in 2016.[6]

Honours and awards

References

  1. "Govt attempts to blunt strike's effect". News24. News24. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. "A Marxist Journal of South African Studies". Searchlight South Africa. Clio Publications. 2. ISSN 0954-3384. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  3. Moeketsi, Maj P.I. (September 2004). "90th Commemoration of The Battle of Deville Wood" (PDF). SA Soldier. 13 (9): 26. ISSN 1609-5014. Retrieved 10 Jun 2020.
  4. The Fourth Dimension - The Untold Story of Military Health in South Africa (PDF) (1 ed.). Department of Defence of South Africa. 2009. p. 771. ISBN 1919938052. Retrieved 13 Jun 2020.
  5. Dube, Boitumelo Joyce (2014). "The effectiveness of the PMS used for middle-level managers in the SAMHS HQ within Gauteng Province". Faculty of Management, University of Witwatersrand. p. 155. Retrieved 13 Jun 2020.
  6. "Senior Military Promotions". Defenceweb.co.za. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2020-06-08.

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