(1) With reference to recent allegations that the costs of catering on board the Presidential Jet, Inkwazi, amounted to just under R600 000 in total for fewer than 18 VIP guests onboard the 12-hour flight from London to the Republic following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, what are (a) names of the VIP guests who were onboard and (b) total catering costs for every flight of Inkwazi (i) in the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2023?
The flight in issue did not depart South Africa for the burial of Queen Elizabeth II in England in 2022. The trip was a Presidential flight from South Africa to Washington DC, USA via Las Palmas for the President to attend the official working visit to the United States of America at the invitation of President Joseph Biden from September 15th to September 17th, ...
What new ideas and solutions has the Republic adopted and implemented following
her attendance in Moscow of the International Security Conference to share practical
ideas and explore solutions on matters of global security in August 2022?
(1 )Whether, with reference to the incidents of army brutality during the early days of
the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, she has communicated and/or
reported any incidents of army brutality to the public and/or their parliamentary
representatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2)(a) What are the details of accessible channels that were put in place by her
department for citizens to report incidents of army brutality and (b) how were the
(3) What are the relevant details of the (a) support mechanisms that were established
for victims of army brutality during the lockdown and (b) avenues that were available
to persons for seeking justice, medical assistance and/or legal aid;
(4) Whether any valuable lessons have been learnt from the incidents; if not, what is
the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;
(5) Whether any resultant reforms and/or changes have been implemented in
procedures, training and oversight of law enforcement during domestic deployments to
prevent similar incidents in the future; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,
what are the relevant details?
(1 ) What total number of (a) firearms and (b) ammunition of each (i) type and (ii) calibre
were (aa) stolen and (bb) lost and/or went missing at each military unit in each province
(aaa) in the past four financial years and (bbb) from 1 April 2023 up to the latest
specified date for which information is available;
(2) What steps has her department taken to combat the theft and loss of the firearms
(3) Whether any persons were (a) arrested and/or found guilty in this regard; if not, why
not; if so, what total number of (i) persons were arrested and/or found guilty and (ii) the
specified persons were members of the SA National Defence Force?
In view of the position of the Civilian Defence Ministry having two appointed acting
officials of which one is from the civilian section and the other one from the uniform
section, (a) how has she addressed the anomaly and (b) what is the policy position on
acting appointment(s) and their timeframe(s)?
Whether she has found that the deployment of the SA National Defence Force to
support a multi-sectoral effort that brings together the Justice, Crime Prevention and
Security Cluster and other relevant departments and stakeholders has made inroads
in the fight against illegal mining criminal syndicates and labour brokers that are
alleged to be at the centre of recruiting illegal miners from the Southern African
Development Community region; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what
are the relevant details?
Whether she had succeeded in ensuring that the 85% of the fleet of the SA Air Force
which had remained grounded for a lengthy period, leaving only two out of the 26
Gripen fighter aircrafts and a mere three out of the 24 Hawk aircrafts still available for
active service, have now been restored to active service; if not, why not; if so, what
success has her department achieved in this regard?
Considering that the Chief of the SA Reserve Force is appointed on the
recommendation by the Chief of the SA National Defence Force (CSANDF), whose
term of office correlates with that of the CSANDF, what (a) are the reasons the
immediate former Chief of SA Reserve Force was appointed only for a year, (b) were
the costs related to his elapsed term of office, (c) was his contribution and guidance
to the Reserve Force Indaba policy with regard to the future of the Reserve Force and,
(d) are the reasons that this was considered value for money in view of the budget
constraints of the SA National Defence Force?
What progress has been made regarding the implementation of the undertaking made by
the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, during the 2022 State of the Nation Address (SONA),
which he reiterated in his 2023 SONA, that the Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme that is
being implemented by the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) will be upscaled to deliver
95 bridges a year to enable school children who have to brace flooded rivers to get to
school without the danger of drowning?
(1) What is the comprehensive information regarding documented cases of army brutality
committed by members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Republic during
the lockdown period from 27 March to 30 April 2020?
(2) what (a) progress has been made in the specified cases of army brutality, including the
(i) number of and (ii) status of investigations, especially concerning the fatalities involving the
soldiers and (b) actions have been taken to investigate the incidents of brutality committed by
(3) Whether any disciplinary actions and/or legal proceedings have been initiated against
individuals allegedly responsible for the acts of brutality; if not, why not; if so, what is the latest
update on the progress towards holding the perpetrators involved accountable?