22 May 1950|
|Service/branch||South African Army|
|Years of service||1994 - 2005|
|Commands held||Chief of the South African National Defence Force|
|Awards||Order of the Star of South Africa (Gold)|
|Other work||Minister of Communications|
He joined Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, in 1974, and served as a field commander during the liberation struggle against the South African government in the 1980s. He was appointed MK Chief of Staff in 1992, and served on the Transitional Executive Council which oversaw the change of government in 1994.
Maj Gen Nyanda transferred to the South African National Defence Force, into which MK was incorporated in 1994, and served successively as Chief of Defence Force Staff (1994-1996), General Officer Commanding Gauteng Command (1996-1997), Deputy Chief of the SANDF (1997-1998), and Chief of the SANDF (1998-2005).
Awards and decorations
In 1999 General Nyanda was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa (Gold)
Performance as Communications Minister
Nyanda was a controversial figure throughout the 18 months that he was minister of communications. Dubbed the “minister of luxury” by South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, Nyanda was alleged to have spent hundreds of thousands of rands living in a luxurious Cape Town hotel throughout his tenure because he was unhappy with the ministerial house appointed to him.
At the same time as the allegations surrounding his living arrangements came to light, Nyanda’s private business was under scrutiny. A company, in which Nyanada’s family owned 45%, called GNS Risk Management Services (subsequently renamed Abalozi Security Risk Advisory Services) was accused of impropriety in a tender process in March 2010. Amongst its numerous clients were several parastatals, including Transnet Freight Rail, passenger train company Metrorail, state bus company Autopax, and the Gauteng provincial government.
It later emerged that Transnet Freight Rail had been involved in the awarding of tenders without following the correct procedures. Amongst the tenders that were questioned was one security contract valued at ZAR55million, awarded to GNS Risk Management Services. Transnet’s CEO, Siyabonga Gama, was dismissed when the allegations came to light. However, Nyanda was not reprimanded.
In October 2010, Nyanda came under fire for the suspension of communications ministry director general Mamodupi Mohlala. It was reported that in July 2010, on the day that Nyanda axed Mohlala, she had reported tender irregularities worth ZAR70 million to the police for a fraud investigation and had reportedly called for disciplinary action against several senior civil servants.
Nyanda fervently denied the allegations, labeling them “false, spurious and malicious”. However, shortly after the story regarding the removal of Mohlala came out, Nyanda was removed from his position in the Ministry of Communications. Despite the numerous suggestions of political impropriety, Nyanda was subsequently appointed as a parliamentary counselor to President Jacob Zuma, a position he holds today.
- JACKIE MAPILOKO AND GLYNNIS UNDERHILL (12 March 2010). "When in Cape Town Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda lives a five-star life at the city's top hotels -- courtesy of the taxpayer.". Mail & Guardian.
- South African corruption project. "Siphiwe Nyanda reminds me why we're doing this". South African corruption project.
- ADRIAAN BASSON - (29 January 2010). "Nyanda Inc makes millions from govt". Mail & Guardian.
- Mail & Guardian (29 June 2010). "Transnet: Gama is out". Mail & Guardian.
- Mail & Guardian (17 October 2010l). "Nyanda fumes at allegations over corruption". Mail & Guardian.
- Mail & Guardian (15 July 2010). "Nyanda lashes out 'false, malicious' report". Mail & Guardian.
- VERASHNI PILLAY AND AGENCIES (31 October 2010). "Zuma replaces seven ministers in reshuffle". Mail & Guardian.
- Mail & Guardian (25 November 2010). "Nyanda to be Zuma's Parliamentary counsellor". Mail & Guardian.
- Article in SA Soldier (June 2005)
Gen Georg Meiring
|Chief of the South African National Defence Force
1998 – 2005
Gen Godfrey Ngwenya