Corruption revealed by substandard construction: expert

Professor Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, director at the Centre for Defence and Security Management at Wits discusses the fraud case of Micheline Pollock, CEO of Dover Vantage, which won contracts from the Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Facilities Engineering Command between 2011 and 2018. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The scale of corruption in the defence industry is shown by substandard construction work in Africa, according to defence expert, Professor Anthoni van Nieuwkerk.

Construction by a US military contractor was carried out so badly, that buildings collapsed.

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Micheline Pollock, who was CEO of Dover Vantage between 2011 and 2018, has now been charged with fraud.

She allegedly faked quality control on the projects.

Professor van Nieuwkerk said corruption is a major concern to quality control, 

"One of the big lessons of 2020 and state capture is this question: how do you exercise control so that your state or bureaucrats or your service providers are not captured or made corrupt by these outside forces."

Van Nieuwkerk said African countries do not have the same capabilities to protect themselves against outside interests.