Armscor to get permanent CEO

The parastatal has had an acting CEO since 2009 after Sipho Thomo was suspended.

The parastatal has had an acting CEO since 2009 after Sipho Thomo was suspended.

CAPE TOWN - State arms procurement company, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) is expected to get a permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the first quarter of next year.

The parastatal has had an acting CEO since 2009, when Sipho Thomo was suspended and then later fired.

The dismissal brought an end to more than 10 stormy years at the helm for Thomo.

On Thursday, Members of Parliament in the Defence Portfolio Committee asked Armscor officials when a new head would be appointed.

"We need to have clarity about the current state of the process and the expected date on which the minister would make an appointment."

Armscor's Moses Khanyile has assured Parliamentarians the post will be filled next year.

"It's our considered view that in the first quarter of 2015 we should be having a new CEO running the organisation. That's the commitment of the board, judging by the status of what's happening now, we believe that's achievable."

Armscor is responsible for servicing and repairing the country's naval vessels and submarines.

Armscor says the dockyard has done reasonably well to meet the South African navy's service delivery needs with insufficient funding and capacity.