SANDF could be next in Zondo Commission’s sights


The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) looks set to become yet another government “player” called to please explain to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Retired two-star general Sandile Sizani, previously a senior officer in Defence Intelligence and prior to that a defence attaché, requested the Commission, headed by deputy judge president Raymond Zondo, to investigate tender corruption, fraud and other irregularities in the SANDF. In his affidavit to the commission, the now retired general points out the national defence force is “rotten to the core” as he supplies details of tenderpreneurship involving Defence Intelligence, the SA Air Force (SAAF) and makes allegations of sexual impropriety used to provide leverage as well as the levelling of death threats.

Sizani’s 22-page submission to the Commission ends – chillingly – with him writing “In October 2018, a month before I retired, I was involved in a mysterious car accident where the car I was driving just veered off the road and hit the side barriers. I survived that as well. I hope I will survive until my story is heard. If I have to die, so be it but the truth will eventually come out. It always does”.

He asks Judge Zondo to consider “a full lifestyle audit” starting with Defence Intelligence (including him) for all generals with all members involved with projects and finances irrespective of rank next. Following that “should be all members in the supply chain environment irrespective of rank. Other services and divisions can follow after DI has been completed”.

The Sunday Independent reported it has seen correspondence between Judge Zondo’s commission and Sizani’s submission has been “escalated”.

Sizani’s submission can be found below: