Ramlakan has retired from the SANDF


Some four months after discussing ‘normal career management’ with SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke, Lieutenant General Vejay Ramlakan has retired as Chief of Corporate Staff.

defenceWeb learnt this week the former Surgeon General retired in February and his position is currently filled, in an acting capacity, by Major General Louis Dlulane.

Ramlakan was involved in a furore around Nkandla, the Presidential homestead in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and gave evidence to a board of inquiry called by Shoke. It was, apparently, incorrectly reported he had refused to appear before the enquiry.

Following a statement issued by Department of Defence head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini, Ramlakan issued a statement of his own rebuffing the DoD statement.

He said then on the SANDF’s involvement with Nkandla: “It bears mentioning the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) found in their investigation into Nkandla that the Department of Defence had acted correctly. No evidence of corruption or transgression was found simply because no Department of Defence official was involved in such activities. The SIU report in paragraph 11 states ‘the SANDF requirements were quite separate and appear to have been handled quite correctly'”.

The first inkling that Ramlakan was no longer serving came late last month when a Mandela medal parade at the Armscor sportgrounds was presided over by Dlulane. His position was given as Acting Chief of Corporate Staff. SANDF Corporate Communications confirmed Ramlakan has left the force. As far as can be ascertained no farewell parade was held for the man who moved to SANDF headquarters from his Surgeon General position in April 2013.