…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
Last week, some of our readers reported seeing suspicious trucks transporting covered armor tanks in Vereeniging, Gauteng.
Photos taken by Riette Lindeque on Houtkop Drive in Vereeniging around 15:30 last Monday captured the trucks, each carrying what appeared to be two armor tanks.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was contacted for clarification, but no response has been received thus far.
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Possible Connection to Controversial Russian Ship: Lady R
This incident comes in the wake of accusations against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government for their alleged involvement in Russia’s war on Ukraine.
A sanctioned Russian ship named Lady R was purportedly loaded with war materials and ammunition at South Africa’s naval base in Simon’s Town in December 2022.
To investigate the circumstances surrounding the docking of the Lady R, a three-person panel, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, has been appointed by President Ramaphosa.
Panel Members and Investigation Details
The panel, chaired by retired judge Phineas Mojapelo, includes Advocate Leah Gcabashe SC and former deputy minister of basic education Enver Surty as its members.
They have been given a six-week period to conduct the inquiry and gather information regarding the docking, alleged cargo loading, and subsequent departure of the Lady R cargo ship from Simon’s Town between December 6 and 9, 2022.
President Ramaphosa established the inquiry due to the gravity of the allegations, the public’s interest, and the potential impact on South Africa’s international relations.
SANDF Chief’s Response and Disputing Allegations
General Rudzani Maphwanya, the Chief of the SANDF, stated that nothing was loaded onto the Russian vessel Lady R and pledged full cooperation with the Commission of Inquiry established by President Ramaphosa.
He emphasized that the truth behind the incident would be revealed through the inquiry.
General Maphwanya also clarified that the SANDF lacks the capability to supply weapons to the Russians, as their systems are incompatible.
Ukrainian President’s Warning to Ramaphosa
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently cautioned President Ramaphosa about the consequences of supplying weapons to Russia, considering it an act of complicity.
President Ramaphosa himself initiated a phone call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, preceded by his conversation with President Zelensky.