Jobs for children of generals scandal rocks SA defence force

Jobs for children of generals scandal rocks SA defence force

A defence force project, which was meant to give unemployed matriculants a head start as turned into an employment project for defence force generals' kids.

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It's believed at least seven generals and senior department defence officials' children are employed by an office set up to codify all defence force equipment according to the same standard.

Sunday paper, Rapport reported that 300 worthy and qualified, jobless matrics would be employed to the project.

However, it seems it's easier to get a foot in the door if your parents work for the defence force.

Briefly.co.za learned that some of the generals’ children, who only have matric certificates, were appointed on post-level seven and eight. These levels are on par with qualified staff sergeants and lieutenants.

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The employees earn as much as R23 400 per month.

According to News24, three of the children who were appointed are those of a general who died, while another two are those of his successor, who was recently replaced by someone else.

These positions were not advertised. Now, there are also claims of bribery. It's believed some paid for their jobs.

According to reports, some are unhappy with these appointments, as these generals' childrens are not well discplined and won't listen to anyone.

It's alleged that their parents step in when they are reprimanded.

Supervisors have complained that they're being placed under intolerabe and unfair pressure to reach their goals, while dealing with unruly youngsters. It's believed these generals' kids often pitch up at work late, or don't arrive at all.

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For January, the attendance registry shows three of the generals’ children were not at work for half of the month. Another child only pitched for work for over a week. For seven of the 18 work days in April, one child was absent.

Despite all this, a request has been lodged to extend their contracts. This is apparently because the task at hand is critical. It's believed the defence force's codification system needs to be up to Nato standards.

Meanwhile, defence force spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi, said the defence force doesn't know of any claims of bribery for jobs.

Mgobozi said if this is true, it must be reported to senior officers.

Mgobozi didn't deny the appointment of the generals' children and did not confirm an investigation was underway.

He said there are systems in place to deal with poor discipline, adding that the defence force condemns any form of corruption.

Mgobozi said the force requires the same high standard of discipline of its solders at all ranks.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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