'Ramlakan resignation not Nkandla-related'
It was reported the SANDF surgeon was asked to quit over medical refurbishments he wanted done at Nkandla.
JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has denied that South African National Defence Force (SANDF) surgeon, Lieutenant General VJ Ramlakan, is being purged from the military due to his involvement in upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.
Ramlakan was yesterday honoured with the first ever Mandela Commemorative Medal by Zuma in a special parade held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.
The renowned doctor treated Mandela during his stay in hospital, but most recently was reportedly asked to resign over medical refurbishments he allegedly asked to be installed at the president's homestead.
Mapisa-Nqakula says Ramlakan has served South Africa, and more specifically, Nelson Mandela with distinction.
"In that process he did very well and actually developed a personal relationship with the late president."
But the minister denied that his exit from the force is linked to his role in the Nkandla upgrades.
"I do believe that he was there on behalf of the SANDF, but I'm not aware that there's any wrongdoing so far."
Ramlakan's last day with the army is on 31 December.
He was reportedly notified of this through a letter by SANDF Chief Solly Shoke.