2020-w2145 - 22 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to the financial problems experienced by Denel, the Department of Defence and Armscor which hinder their delivery on their mandates, especially Denel’s challenges to deliver on contractual obligations to the SANDF, there are any considerations to restructure Denel and Armscor; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether a decision has been made to cancel the project considering the challenges to fund and deliver on Project Hoefyster; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, with reference to the reduced budget of the department, specifically the Special Defence Account allocation to Denel and Armscor, she is able to confirm (a) if projects Biro and Hotel will not be delayed and (b) that no payment will be defaulted; if not, why not; if so, (i) how will the management of the dockyard activities be impacted and (ii) what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 22 Sep 2020

(1) The performance of Denel against contracts for the DOD is currently being hindered to a great extent as a result of their financial distress which is impeding the procurement of subsystems and components required for meeting their contractual deliveries, as well as a significant loss of capability in certain critical areas.

Armscor and the DOD have developed alternative options with respect to the ...

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2020-w1941 - 17 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the Auditor-General has ever conducted an audit into the 32 Battalion Trust Fund; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. No, the Auditor General has not conducted an audit of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund. The office of the Auditor General does not have auspices over such Non-Public Fund (NPF) entities. The 32 Battalion Trust Fund was facilitated by the SA Army Foundation (an NPF entity); any tenuous association ceased when the funds were paid over to the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association on ...

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2020-w1942 - 17 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the (a) members and (b) beneficiaries of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund have ever been provided with any benefits; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. Unknown. The SA Army cannot pronounce itself on the functioning of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund or its continuation after 24 November 2005 when it ceased to be administered by the SA Army Foundation.

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2020-w1998 - 17 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether she has been informed of the (a) closure of the 4 Parachute Battalion at Bofulanare, Mafikeng, and (b) re-establishing of these as 2nd Regular Parachute Battalion at Bulembu, Eastern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the strategic benefits of the specified closure and re-establishment given the expected resettlement cost of approximately R10 to R20 million; (2) given the financial and budget deficit of her department and the SA National Defence Force, how does she justify the expense which can be regarded as non-essential in this period?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. No, as no ministerial authority has been obtained, yet. (a) there can be no closure of 4 Parachute Battalion as it was never established in Bofulanare, Mafikeng and (b) No, the establishment of a Parachute Battalion in Bulembu, Eastern Cape, is yet to obtain ministerial authority, the project is currently at a feasibility study stage and its strategic benefits will be made visible ...

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2020-w1972 - 17 September 2020

Petrus Johannes Groenewald to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the details of the criminal complaint lodged against the Surgeon-general in terms of case number 275/5/2020 at the Temba Police Station; (2) whether the Surgeon-general has already appeared in court in this regard; if so, (a) what number of times and (b) on which dates; (3) whether the Surgeon-general is still in service; if not, what (a) type of leave has been granted to him and (b) are the starting and end dates of the specified leave; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

The Surgeon General was arrested and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on 17 May 2020. It was later found that the firearm was licenced and belonged to his late father who had passed away four weeks prior the incident. Through his legal representative, the Surgeon General provided all the proof needed by the prosecuting authority which included the following:

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2020-w1862 - 17 September 2020

Vusumuzi Cyril Xaba to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the benefits for the Republic’s participation in Operation Copper contained in the Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Security Cooperation aimed at strengthening anti-piracy efforts that was signed by Mozambique, Tanzania and the Republic in 2012; (2) whether, given the nonparticipation of the other two countries in the operation and the fact that marine piracy remains a threat to all countries bordering the Western Indian ocean, she has found that the resources would be better used to patrol the exclusive economic zone of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

(1) In accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding, the Republic has a vested interest in the political, economic, social and security objectives to promote peace, stability and the well-being of its neighbours. This is affected by protecting the integrity of the territorial waters against any illegal activities that undermines security and economic development, which includes piracy. It is the conviction that close co-operation and ...

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2020-w1940 - 17 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the 32 Battalion still has a trust fund; if so, (a) what is the current quantum of funds in the specified trust fund and (b) for what purposes are the funds utilised; (2) (a) on what date was the trust fund established, (b) what total amount of funds have been (i) deposited into and (ii) spent from the trust fund in each financial year since its existence and (c) for what purposes was each amount spent?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. Unknown. The 32 Battalion Trust Fund was under facilitation of the SA Army Foundation for a short duration as a Non-Profit Fund (NPF). This remote connotation with the Trust Fund ceased on 24 November 2005 with the payment of all monies of the Trust Fund to the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association. The SA Army had no insight nor provided any direction to the ...

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2020-w1826 - 17 September 2020

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the reasons that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is (a) disregarding court orders prohibiting the eviction of the community of Marieville in Ekurhuleni, of which the last court order that was issued in June 2020 ruled that the SANDF must immediately return to the community all building materials and possessions confiscated and (b) still harassing the community?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. What is the reason that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is

a) The SANDF did not disregard any court order. The SANDF does not have any plan to evict anyone without any court order and its eviction court application process is under way. The members of the community would stay there until the eviction process by the SANDF has been adjudicated upon ...

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2020-w1999 - 17 September 2020

Sarel Jacobus Francois Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether she has been informed that soldiers belonging to the 4 Parachute Battalion which was established in 2014 have invested in houses and established their families in schools and the community; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, has consideration been given to (a) costs and (b) trauma that will come as a result of resettling the families in Bulembu; (2) whether her department will assist with the costs to resettle the families in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the costs involved?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

1. 4 Parachute Battalion was never established in 2014, members of 44 Parachute Regiment were sent to the North West from Bloemfontein as part of the team to compile a feasibility study for the establishment of 4 Parachute Battalion, (a) and (b) all members of the SANDF, on enrolment into the organisation, are fully aware that they will be utilised where the organisation requires ...

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2020-w1971 - 17 September 2020

Petrus Johannes Groenewald to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) How many tonnes of ammunition that is currently stored at 97 Ammunition Depot in De Aar have become old and less accurate, have reached the end of their shelf life-span and/or the explosives have supposedly begun to crystallise, (b) what are the calibres of the specified ammunition, (c) what number of each type of ammunition is at the depot and (d) what are the manufacturing dates of the ammunition; (2) whether her department intends to take steps to remove the ageing ammunition; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) how long will it take to complete the specified steps; (3) whether the lightning conductors at the specified depot is serviced annually; If not, (a) why not and (b) what number of ammunition depots’ lightning conductors (i) have been fully serviced and/or (ii) must still be serviced this year; (4) whether the security of the area complies with all requirements for ammunition depots; if not, why not; if so, who is responsible for the security?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 17 Sep 2020

(1) Most of the ammunition at the depot is old, but the ammunition is however not unstable. The life cycle of ammunition is not given in years, and it cannot be predetermined when ammunition reaches the end of life, or even when it will start to become unstable. For that reason annual inspections and functional testing are executed by the South African National Defence ...

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