- South African National Defence Force deputy surgeon-general Noel Ndhlovu has been placed on special leave
- This comes after the top SANDF official's wife was arrested and released on bail on charges of fraud
- Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu was allegedly 'gifted' R210 million in contracts with the defence force
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SA National Defence Force surgeon general Zola Dabula has confirmed that deputy surgeon general Noel Ndhlovu has been placed on special leave.
This comes after Dabula had received legal advice that Ndhlovu should be placed on special leave after his wife, Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu, was arrested.
Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu has been taken into custody over R210 million in defence contracts were 'gifted' to her.
SowetanLIVE spoke to SANDF spokesperson Col Louis Kirstein who commented that the SANDF does not speculate on the outcome of any investigation.
TimesLIVE has reportedly seen the letter to Ndhlovu, sent earlier this week, detailing how his wife had been 'arrested for alleged serious criminal activities' involving the department of defence as one of the complainants:
“Based on the above allegations and the fact that the member forms part of the SA Military Health Services command council and sometimes represents the surgeon-general at military command council meetings, the chief of the SANDF was advised to give the member a precautionary leave of absence.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Sipho Ngwema confirmed that Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndlovu was arrested on last week for her involvement in a tender scandal:
"A tender was awarded by the SANDF to Ukhumbe Marine ( the legal entity belonging to Mrs Ndlovu) to transport SANDF equipment back from African countries to South Africa. The contract value was approximately R24 million. It is alleged that she provided false informatoin/ documents as part of the tender process."
In addition to this contract, the wife of the top SANDF official also managed to score another contract in the same line of work, with Ngwema commenting further that:
"Thereafter, she was awarded another contract of R103 million, again to transport SANDF equipment. The soldiers were then recalled from service in the African countries and this led to the cancellation of the second contract."
This did little to put Ntsondwa-Ndlovu off, with the accused claiming that she had already incurred steep expenses relating to the project:
"The accused then claimed R30 million from the SANDF whilst alleging that she had already, before the cancellation, incurred expenses to that value. Documents which appear to be false were provided to show the expenses."
Ngwema said that bail was set at R80 000 and was approved on the condition that she makes no contact with witnesses and hands in her passport to the investigating officer. The matter has been postponed until December.
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