Defence dept rejects Mapisa-Nqakula’s request for legal assistance in corruption case.

Defence dept rejects Mapisa-Nqakula’s request for legal assistance in corruption case. Image: GCIS.

Defence department denies Mapisa-Nqakula’s legal aid request in corruption case

Former Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula legal aid request has been denied by the Department of Defence Force

Defence dept rejects Mapisa-Nqakula’s request for legal assistance in corruption case.

Defence dept rejects Mapisa-Nqakula’s request for legal assistance in corruption case. Image: GCIS.

The Defense Department has turned down former Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s plea for legal representation in her corruption case.

Last month, Nqakula-Mapisa submitted the request after appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, where she surrendered herself to the authorities at the Lyttelton Police Station in Tshwane.

The court approved Mapisa-Nqakula’s bail of R50,000, subject to certain conditions.

She currently faces 12 corruption charges totalling R4.5 million from her time as the defence minister.

During a Sunday media briefing on defence department affairs, Minister Thandi Modise stated that the department could not assist its former head, Mapisa-Nqakula.

“As to the matter of the former minister of defence’s application for legal assistance, the matter has received attention from ourselves,” said Modise.

“We then looked at the provisions in the law whether we can accede or not to such a request and we found that in terms of section 6.2 of the state legal representative policy that we cannot help the former minister and therefore, we will not be doing so.”

Reviewing the department’s performance, Modise remarked that while not flawless, it had accomplished notable domestic and global successes.

“We have done a number of good things, we’re not perfect. I think we’ve done well, exceedingly well in gender representation. I think we have done very well in when you look at what we have done on the international space,” she said.

“We have undertaken a number of missions some reluctantly, some a must. Some of them have been such that we have had a national defence force that has had an all-round experience.

Mapisa-Nqakula seeks state funding for corruption case defense

Mapisa-Nqakula purportedly attempted to secure funding for her legal expenses in her corruption case from the South African Defence Force (SANDF).

Reportedly, Major General Eric Mnisi, the Head of Legal Service in the South African National Defence Force, penned a letter to the State Attorney’s office, without Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise’s awareness, indicating their intention to cover Mapisa-Nqakula’s legal expenses.

Amos Phago, spokesperson for Modise, stated that the department is currently reviewing Mapisa-Nqakula’s request.

“The request, unfortunately came through the office of Head of Legal Service in the South African National Defence Force Major General Eric Mnisi who then actioned it prior to seeking counsel from either the Minister nor the Secretary of Defence Dr Thobekile Gamede who is also the accounting officer, particularly on matters that have financial implications on the department.

Modise said Mnisi’s handling of the matter without following existing protocols is tantamount to “disrespect of executive authority in the Department of Defence”.

 “I have instructed the Secretary of Defence Dr Gamade to look into General Mnisi’s handling of the matter from an administrative and process point of view as there are protocols that must be followed for such requests.” said Modise.