SA's Department of Defence paid R728m by UN for 'peacekeeping' efforts

SA's Department of Defence paid R728m by UN for 'peacekeeping' efforts

- The United Nations rewarded South Africa for its active role in peacekeeping in Africa

- The South African National Defence Force is very happy about this financial injections after serious budget cuts

- However, the money has been put into the National Treasury’s B7 account, and SANDF will have a hard time getting its hands on it

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South Africa received a nice sum of R728 million from the United Nations for its role in peacekeeping efforts in Africa.

The Department of Defence welcomed this financial reward, given to the country for its involvement in the UN’s Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the Department of Defence needed this monetary injection.

A report by The South African indicates that the South African National Defence Force recently complained the hectic budget cuts that influenced the military severely.

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Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, criticised the government's lack of support towards the needs of South Africa's military force.

SANDF's budget was cut by about R5.8 billion in 2018.

The money that the UN paid to South Africa will now be put into the National Treasury’s B7 account.

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This will make it much harder for SANDF to get its hands on the money as the B7 account is actually reserved for the funding of broad-spectrum military operations such as education and healthcare.

Any hope SANDF has of getting some of that R728 million lies in the hands of Mboweni. He will talk to General Shoke and Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula about this matter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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