When weekend reports revealed that former Member of Parliament and Eskom boss Brian Molefe had been appointed in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), to say that disbelief was the word to describe the reaction would be kind, says 702 Afternoon Drive host, Bongani Bingwa.
On Monday the army defended its move to appoint Molefe as a colonel since August at a salary of R57k since August saying Molefe had been appointed as an honorary colonel of the South African Irish Regiment in 2011 and that there was nothing untoward about his latest stint.
Erika Gibson, senior reporter at Rapport broke the story.
Gibson says at this stage what is needed is the letter of the appointment to determine when and who authorised the appointment of Molefe as a serving colonel.
She goes on to say it is a well-known fact that Molefe was once an honorary colonel, which is a patron of a specific unit.
You cannot be a honorary member and get remuneration.— Erika Gibson, Senior Reporter at Rapport
In the case of Molefe, he has been called up to active duty.— Erika Gibson, Senior Reporter at Rapport
Gibson says it is unclear yet whether he has ever done a qualifying course, what his delegation of duties is or if he has security clearance.
He has to have something very special, and according to my knowledge he was appointed to assist with auditing processes at the Inspector Generals office explains Gibson.
He is not a qualified auditor.— Erika Gibson, Senior Reporter at Rapport
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