- The South African National Defence Force has found itself in dire financial straits
- No promise of funding can be found and the situation is likely to escalate
- Briefly.co.za explains exactly how big the problem facing the army truly is
The SANDF has found itself in a critical financial situation and no promises have been made for further funding.
BusinessLIVE reports that Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence, had recently told Parliament that plans to get the army back on track depend on funding:
“The prevention of the SANDF capabilities from declining further is entirely dependent on the budget allocation of the Defence Force, which has been decreasing at an alarming rate over the years with a negative impact on the entire capabilities."
The minister says that a plan had been developed in 2015 to prevent the decline of the SANDF, but no funding had been made available.
With the army facing years worth of issues Mapisa-Nqakula revealed that it is becoming increasingly harder to protect South Africa:
“The defence has become progressively unsustainable in terms of declining defence allocations and has reached a point where the republic must decide on the kind of Defence Force it wants and can afford."
This issue means that South Africa's borders are also facing the risk of being unprotected.
Among the concerns raised was that the units deployed to guard borders are insufficient for the task at hand.
Technological and air-based forces are also in short supply, despite the need for effective border patrols.
Infantry fighting vehicles are reportedly in need of replacement in order to achieve a more modern fleet.
Despite the concerns raised, Global Firepower ranks South Africa as having the third strongest military in Africa (behind Egypt and Algeria) and garners a place at 32rd in a global ranking.
With 66 300 active personnel and 15 000 reserve personnel, a further 14 174 119 citizens are estimated to be fit for duty should the need arise, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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