All four confiscated vehicles now back at SA military museum
All four vehicles removed by the Military Police ten years ago are now back at Johannesburg’s National Museum of Military History. The Eland 60, Eland 90, Ferret and Ratel were refurbished by LMT (Land Mobility Technologies) prior to being put back on public display. The Ratel, the first production unit, was officially handed back on 8 July 2015 after a R200 000 refurbishment sponsored by LMT and carried out by Jorisen Engineering on contract to LMT. The Elands and Ferret armoured car arrived back at the museum on 27 July last year, also after being worked on by Jorisen Engineering at the behest of LMT. Jorrie Jordaan from Jorisen told defenceWeb that the two Elands were in good shape and did not take much effort to get back in running condition, and as a result Jorisen did not charge for the work, which involved things like replacing seals, bleeding the brakes etc. The Ferret was not in running condition and only received cosmetic attention from Jorisen Engineering. All four vehicles were removed from the museum by military police in January 2005, and the museum director and two curators were briefly arrested for the possession of suspected stolen military equipment. The confiscation was over concerns over their alleged “irregular acquisition”. Although records were shown to the military police and the matter was resolved, it took ten years and strenuous efforts driven by Francois du Rand at Denel Land Systems in cooperation with the South African National Defence Force to get the vehicles released and returned. LMT then offered to sponsor the refurbishment of all four vehicles. Stephen Tegner: Workshop Supervisor at the Museum, told defenceWeb that the two Elands were restored back to running condition while the Ferret was just given a cosmetic upgrade, as it was not running at the time of confiscation.