SANDF needs R50bn or it can't defend South Africa properly

SANDF needs R50bn or it can't defend South Africa properly

Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam, has revealed that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) needs over R50 billion, or else it will not be able to defend the country if need be.

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Although the country isn't at war, the SANDF is still needed for vital operations. These include martitime security and border security.

SANDF R50bn

Soldiers guard the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the village of Qunu on December 15, 2013 in Qunu, South Africa. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Yam told said effective military capability was essential to deal with probable threats. According to The Citizen, he used Mozambique as an example, pointing at the volatile terror situation in the country.

According to defenceweb.co.za, Yam said: “Do we want that to come here? “We can’t sit idle … we must be ready for it.”

Briefly.co.za learned that Yam make these comments during a media conference on Thursday in Pretoria.

It's believed Yam complained that less than one percent of the gross domestic product in SA is spent on defence.

On the flip side, the international norm is 2% of GDP.

Yam said with at least 2%, South Africa can keep its credibility as a fighting force.

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Yam said there's no indication that the defence budget would be increased.

“South Africa is in a technical recession. Like any other organisation in the country, we are not immune to austerity measures, which puts constraints on the day-to-day operations of the army.
“The budget cuts we have had over the past two years have had a negative impact on the renewal of military prime mission equipment, which led to the termination and deferment of many South African army capital acquisition and technology acquisition projects.”

Yam said despite the economic situation, the SANDF is doing what it can with the little it has, adding that it is realligning its priorities.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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