Questions raised after military unit relocated to office park

Questions raised after military unit relocated to office park

- The decision to relocate a military unit to a Centurion office park has raised concerns

- The relocation involves a contract worth R115 million

- This comes after the military's intelligence branch opposed the relocation

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Questions have been raised after the Department of Public Works signed a R115 million contract to move a sensitive military unit from Thaba Tshwane in Pretoria to Centurion.

The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF) Joint Operations division is the unit in question.

The decision to relocate the unit was made despite being opposed by Defence Intelligence, SANDF's own intelligence wing.

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According to News24, Defence Intelligence believed that the relocation raised the possibility of security risks. 

Additionally, it appears that there may have been some irregularities relating to the contract, has gathered. For example, DI members were absent from several key meetings. Likewise, the department failed to provide certain officials with important information regarding the unit's security requirements.

This could be an issue, as the unit was previously housed at a fortified facility, but is now being relocated to an office park. 

The Joint Operations division is an integral military unit, made up of the army, military health services, the navy and the air force, among others. It is also a hub of sensitive intelligence related to security.

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The decision to relocate the unit came after a multi-million Rand five-year rental contract was signed between the Public Works Department and the owners of the unit's new headquarters in Centurion. 

Spokespersons for the department have not yet issued a public statement on the matter.

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