Lifestyle audits are not yet part of the job descriptions of the top management echelon in the Department of Defence and its various entities, but this could change.
Responding to a Parliamentary question, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula named Armscor as one of six bodies under her control and management where lifestyle audits were under investigation.
In a written response she stated: “Lifestyle audits are being considered by management and the process of planning will be undertaken as part of the new financial year audit process after all necessary considerations such as the legislative and resources requirements. Considerations include the use of the service provider in the approved panel of service providers, the basis for the lifestyle audits being management request, special assignment and the whistleblowing system and direct reports, as well as the cost benefit analysis”.
The information is contained in documentation researched by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) and made public with a view to strengthening the sixth parliament due to be sworn in later this month.
The State-owned defence and security acquisition agency currently finds itself managed by an acting chief executive following the departure of Kevin Wakeford earlier this year. Wakeford was apparently working a six month notice period when he left in February. It is not known whether his departure was in any way related to him being named in testimony presented to the Zondo Commission of Enquiry into Allegations of State Capture. He was named as a person who apparently benefitted from the then Bosasa Group (now African Global Operations) by former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi.
When that happened in January this year, Wakeford applied for and was granted special leave to prepare his submission to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. At that time an Armscor statement said it had not done any work for Bosasa and had “no known contract” with it.
As far as could be ascertained Wakeford has not yet been summoned to appear at the Zondo Commission. The Commission, sitting in Johannesburg, is this week hearing submissions from senior serving and past executives of Transnet.
Lifestyle audits have not been conducted over the past three years at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), the Department of Defence (DoD), the Office of the Military Ombud, the Castle Control Board and the Defence Force Service Commission, according to Mapisa-Nqakula. The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was not named.