A News24 report revealed a “mystery payment of R230 million in just two years for the maintenance of the state’s VIP jets to private aviation firm ExecuJet”.
According to the report, Armscor paid ExecuJet millions to maintain the state’s ageing fleet. ExecuJet also leases private jets to the state.
“The R230 million figure was contained in a series of invoices from ExecuJet Maintenance which were settled by Armscor between May 2014 and May 2016,” said News24.
The uncovering of the ExecuJet invoices follows a leak of sensitive data by Anonymous hackers, which they said was obtained from the Armscor website.
Armscor is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence and other organs of state.
The attack was perpetrated in the name of the #OpAfrica campaign, which was launched earlier this year.
Armscor said it is aware of the data breach. “A team of cyber experts has been convened to conduct a forensic analysis to determine the full extent of this incident,” said Armscor.
“This is to ensure that tighter measures and interventions are in place to prevent similar attempts from recurring.”
Although its investigation is still underway, Armscor said the leaked data does not contain sensitive or classified content.
“Armscor would like to assure its stakeholders that this matter is receiving our undivided attention.”