President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Special Investigating Unit has provided him with two interim reports on their progress in investigating corruption related to the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment.
Ramaphosa says Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s trip to Zimbabwe was granted on an urgent basis. He says this is why the request was not brought two weeks in advance as stipulated in the ministerial handbook.
“Minister’s engagement with her Zimbabwe counterpart, was part of diplomatic efforts to address instability in that country.”
He says he would not say how much he knew about the African National Congress delegation accompanying Mapisa-Nqakula ahead of the travel.
On the Prasa matter, He says government will deploy drones and armed response to conduct virtual patrols as part of a R900 million security plan to protect the infrastructure of the Passenger Rail Agency.
He has told the NCOP that the vandalism and sabotage of rail infrastructure is one of the worst economic crimes in the country. He says it has a direct impact on the lives of millions of South Africans who rely on the commuter rail service to travel to work or to study. He says an e-guarding solution will be introduced for the protection of critical assets such as substations, relay rooms, and communication sites.
“Part of the plan is to immediately appoint security personnel and to deploy remotely piloted aircraft systems to conduct virtual patrols of high-risk infrastructure. This capability will work together with specialised investigations and armed response.”