Isaac Mashaba
4 minute read
22 Jun 2022
5:19 am

Government’s sabotage of Denel drove SA’s experts and defence capacity overseas

Isaac Mashaba

Not only has the government sabotaged and wrecked this valuable strategic asset, but it has also driven our defence innovation to foreign shores.

The Denel offices in Irene Centurion, 19 May 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The hollowing-out and bankrupting of the SA arms industry, under the leaky umbrella of Denel, was a strategic disaster we could ill afford. What was once a world-renowned and trusted supplier of defence equipment is now a rotting carcass. This giant and strategic SOE has, like so many before it, been hollowed out and driven to the point of collapse. As a result of incompetence, mismanagement, a lack of leadership and corruption, it has morphed into a starving shell of its former self, unable to even pay its employees. A nation is only prepared for conflict and war if its...