SANDF can't maintain bases but splurges R20 million on luxury rides

SANDF can't maintain bases but splurges R20 million on luxury rides

- The South African National Defence Force claimes that lack of funding has impeded operations

- Despite this, a report indicates that R20.5 million was splurged on luxury vehicles

- Parliament heard how over 20 luxury vehicles were procured for the cash-strapped department

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Defence and Military Veteran Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula claims that a lack of funding is the reason why the Centurion military base hasn't been maintained.

News24 reports that, despite budget constraints, the SANDF managed to procure a fleet of luxury vehicles for its top brass. reported that the minister had claimed lack of funding left the nation vulnerable and defenceless.

However, it seems R20.5 million could be spared to spoil senior management with new rides over the past two financial years.

READ ALSO: Explainer: The impact of the SANDF's current financial troubles

FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald and DA MP Cilliers Brink had probed the minister for answers, questioning how many vehicles over the value of R600k had been procured during this time frame.

The answer was a total of 22, with the majority of the vehicles purchased during the course of last year.

In response to the Parliamentary questions, Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed the following cars were secured for senior management:

  • Three Mercedes-Benz V2500s (R1 027 804 each)
  • One Audi A6 (R631 365.06)
  • One BMW 540i (R831 976.80)
  • Two BMW X5s (R916 883.50)
  • One BMW 330D (R635 200)
  • One BMW X5 (R947 633.50)
  • One BMW 540i (R849 526.80)
  • Two BMW 750is (R1 683 811.04 and R1 559 340)
  • Three Audi Q7Rs (R964 723.11 each)
  • Four Mercedes-Benz V2500s at R812 574 each.'
  • One BMW 540i (R823 326.80)
  • One BMW 520i for R651 862.47
  • One BMW 540i for R812 563.87.

In response to questions on the deteriorating conditions at the military base, the minister's spokesperson commented:

"Cognisance must be taken that Thaba Tshwane was built on dolomite land, and with virtually no upgrade or renovations during the last two decades due to predominantly a lack of funds and a huge backlog of maintenance and repair, poses serious structural maintenance problems for both the Department of Defence [DOD] and Department of Public Works and Infrastructure [DPWI]."

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