Practice Relating to Rule 3. Definition of Combatants
South Africa’s LOAC Manual (1996) defines combatants as “any member of the armed forces, except medical personnel and religious personnel”.
South Africa’s Revised Civic Education Manual (2004) states:
Combatants. This term refers to any member of the armed forces
, except medical personnel and religious personnel. Combatants are usually recognised by the wearing of uniforms or other distinctive marking. They must also be part of an organisation with a clear command structure.
[emphasis in original]