Tuesday 27 April 2021, 08:17am/ Mandla Nkosi
Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula: image supplied
Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to institute an urgent investigation into allegations that Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, wasted millions of taxpayers’ money on chartered flights and luxury accommodation.
The party says she must also be suspended without compensation pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to DA Shadow Defence Minister, Kobus Marais, says a dossier of evidence has been submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, detailing at least five instances where doubt can be cast over Mapisa-Nqakula’s actions.
Marais also questioned whether Ramaphosa’s close relation with Charles Nqakula, the husband of the Defence minister and one of his senior advisers is influencing his decision-making amid ’’mounting evidence of malfeasance against her’’.
’’A dossier of evidence has been submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence detailing at least five instances where doubt can be cast over the minister’s actions.
This is in addition to evidence that had been submitted to the committee on a previous occasion that alleged Minister Mapisa-Nqakula had ’extorted’ more than R5 million from a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) service provider,’’ Marais said.
It was previously reported that the Minister allegedly spent:
’’How long will President Ramaphosa allow his close connection with Charles Nqakula, the husband of the Defence minister and one of his senior advisers, to influence his dismissal of mounting evidence of malfeasance against her,’’ Marais asked.
’’Minister Mapisa-Nqakula is clearly not suited for her post. Whether its corruption, incompetence or wilful ignorance, she has proven time and again that she cannot handle her duties as Minister, especially not in a Department as important as Defence. She is frivolous with a dwindling defence budget and cannot be trusted with the safety and security of the country.
’’Rumours of an imminent cabinet reshuffle abound, and it would be the perfect opportunity for the President to get rid of this dead-weight minister once and for all.’’