2024-w3930 - 08 January 2024

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(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?

Reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans on 8 Jan 2024

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, ...

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2024-w2091 - 08 January 2024

Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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?

2024-w3200 - 05 January 2024

(narrative) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(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 reports handled; (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?

2024-w4007 - 05 January 2024

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

(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 and ammunition; (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?

2023-w2298 - 21 December 2023

Thabo Nelson Mmutle to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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)?

2023-w4099 - 20 December 2023

(narrative) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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?

2023-w3973 - 11 December 2023

Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick Lekota to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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?

2023-w3909 - 11 December 2023

Petrus Jacobus Marais to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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?

2023-w3835 - 11 December 2023

Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick Lekota to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

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?

2023-w3069 - 11 December 2023

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

(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 the SANDF; (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?
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