Mapisa-Nqakula sacks Armscor heads

The arms acquisition entity’s chair has been fired for a second time, joined this time by his deputy.

FILE: Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has fired Arms Procurement Corporation (Armscor)'s Chairperson Lieutenant-General Moretti Motau and his deputy, Refiloe Mokoena.

Mapisa-Nqakula says this was done in the interests of the corporation's ability to deliver on its mandate.

The minister's spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga says she informed the board of the decision at a meeting on Wednesday morning.

"[She told] the board that she had written to the CEO on 8 August to inform him of her decision to terminate the services."

The acting CEO Sipho Mkwanazi will remain in his position.

Mapisa-Nqakula says there will be no disruption in the workings of the board while she fills the vacancies.

"She has expressed her confidence for the remaining board members and has full confidence that they are able to carry out their duties. The minister will immediately kick-start the process through Cabinet filling the vacancies."

Just over a year ago, the department dismissed claims that Armscor was melting down after Motau was first fired but refused to step down.

Motau was apparently fired by then-Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

At the same time, the Democratic Alliance (DA) claimed that the acting CEO was supposed to have been replaced by a permanent successor, which has still not happened.

Shortly after Mapisa-Nqakula was appointed as the new minister, the department said she had yet to meet Armscor but would provide clarity on the issue once a meeting was arranged.

Armscor functions to acquire, maintain and arrange the needs of the Department of Defence.