June 22 is the deadline for the submission of a preliminary report on an investigation into Department of Military Veterans (DMV) Director General Tsepe Motumi and the department’s Deputy Director General Corporate Services.
Motumi and General Lifeni Make were placed on special leave with immediate effect by defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on April 22 following an internal high risk assessment report.
DMV spokesman Mbulelo Musi said the special leave would allow for an investigation to be conducted on matters arising from the risk assessment report. Defence Secretary, Dr Sam Gulube, was named as “investigation facilitator”.
Ministerial spokesman Joy Peter told defenceWeb a preliminary report would be handed to Mapisa-Nqakula on June 22 and no comment would be made before she had received it.
The report and its recommendations are the first acid test for New Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Kebby Maphatsoe.
While DMV personnel are busy handling verification of former non-statutory force members who did not integrate into the SANDF in a national roadshow, the new man in charge of veterans’ affairs is expected to keep a keen eye on developments that could arise from the preliminary report.
In an interview with Johannesburg daily The Star this week he said there would be no time to settle into his new post.
“The time for delivery is now.
“My predecessor Thabang Makwetla, also an MK veteran, was pushing hard that we deliver benefits to veterans. We can’t be an office-based department. I am also going to be outside the office. People will rarely see me in the office. I’ll be on the ground with veterans trying to resolve their issues and uplift their lives.
“That’s my priority, really. People are dying. Situations are dire, so we can’t wait any longer. This includes the dependents of comrades. Or history will judge us otherwise,” the paper reported him as saying.
The new deputy minister’s workload includes overseeing the current round of verification as well as ensuring benefits such as healthcare cards and assistance with housing, transport and work opportunities continues. These are all set out in the Military Veterans Act.