Explainer: What does chronic lack of funds for SANDF mean for SA?

Explainer: What does chronic lack of funds for SANDF mean for SA?

- South Africa's military is reportedly facing a chronic lack of funding

- Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that this could have negative consequences for the country's security

- Already, some say that the SANDF does not have enough units patrolling the borders

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The Department of Defence and Military Veterans says that the SANDF is highly cash-strapped and that this may impair its ability to perform its duties.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula made the statement during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Mapisa-Nqakula says that the department's budget has decreased over the last several years to the point where it almost "unsustainable".

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"We have now reached the point where the Republic must decide on the kind of Defence Force it wants and what it can afford," Mapisa-Nqakula said.

This comes after the department said that its lack of funds may reduce its ability to perform its constitutional mandate, Briefly.co.za has gathered. For example, the department claims that it has not had sufficient funds over the last three years to pay its employees their full salaries.

This could have a significant impact on South African security. For instance, according to Business Tech, it may compromise the SANDF's ability to secure the country's borders. Already, the military faces a shortage of necessary air assets.

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Additionally, there are currently only 15 sub-units operating along the border, while experts say that at least 221 are needed. If budget cuts continue, the number of units may be reduced even further.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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