The Department of Defence has officially addressed the swirling claims about Edem Abotsi, the acting Chief Director of Compliance at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), amidst allegations on social media that he was an illegal foreigner.
The Department clarified that Abotsi is indeed a foreign-born individual who became a South African citizen through naturalization in 1999.
The controversy surrounding Abotsi’s appointment raises concerns about national security and job opportunities for qualified South Africans.
Critics question why a foreign-born person was chosen for a significant role within SANDF, fearing it could compromise security and exclude eligible local candidates.
Responding to these allegations, the SANDF released a statement affirming that Edem Abotsi has been legally residing in South Africa since 1991.
The statement highlights Abotsi’s credentials, revealing he is not only a naturalized citizen but also holds qualifications as an auditor and accountant.
It also outlines his extensive experience at the Office of the Auditor General, where he served for 14 years, eventually becoming a Senior Audit Manager.
The Department of Defence’s statement aims to clear up the confusion about Abotsi’s background and establish his legitimacy as a citizen and professional in South Africa.
However, the controversy raises broader discussions about foreign-born individuals holding important positions within government institutions and the implications for national security and job fairness.
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— THE TRUTH PANTHER (@TheTruthPanther) August 27, 2023
He was hired by merit and he’s been with the defence forces for 14 years. So deal with your pitiful attitude somewhere else. Go get educated and come replace him if u can?
— Deddy MM (@Deddy6263) August 28, 2023
Natasha Mazzone of the DA was barred from the intelligence portfolio in Parliament for having a dual citizenship
— Robb Lucci (@MousseOFreshe) August 28, 2023