South Africa's army is in financial hot water, report indicates

South Africa's army is in financial hot water, report indicates

South Africa's army has been called in to help restore Cape Town and assist the local police. However, a report shows that the army isn't as hot as it should be. Lack of funding has negatively impacted the military.

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South Africa's army has been called in to assist and aid the police in several high-crime areas in Cape Town, and residents have welcomed the help.

It is hoped this could be happening in high-crime areas all over the country, but is this truly possible?

BusinessTech reports that Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa's Defence Minister, stated during a media briefing on 17 July that the department isn't looking too good.

The lack of funding has forced the Defence Department to adjust plans as it has become unsustainable.

"The Defence Force is becoming progressively more unsustainable in terms of declining defence allocations."

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Briefly.co.za gathered that Mapisa-Nqakula added a point has been reached where SA must decide what kind of force it wants and what it can afford.

"We have now reached the point where the Republic must decide on the kind of Defence Force it wants and what it can afford. We need a frank discussion very soon as we risk the irreversible damage to the defence force as a whole."

If this lack of funding continues, the SANDF will be less able to fulfil its mandate.

The Department of Defence has turned to selling assets - including land - to source some revenue.

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The report by BusinessTech also indicates that the current deployment of SANDF sub-units along SA's borders are insufficient thanks to the budget problems.

The latest Global Firepower ranking has placed SA 32nd of 137 countries, as it has 66 300 active personnel and 15 000 reserve personnel.

SA has an aircraft strength of 206 assets and a total land strength of 2,888 assets, with a naval strength of 30 assets.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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