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SANDF unable to meet mandate due to reduced budget

Defense Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula tabled her departmental budget vote, citing serious constraints her facing her department.

As part of Exercise Young Eagle, SANDF troops take part in war games in Upington in Force Preparations for active combat. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) says it fears it may no longer be able to meet its Constitutional mandate, because of a reduction to its budget.

Defense Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula tabled her departmental budget vote, citing serious constraints her facing her department.

The defense force's secretariat Sam Gulube says some necessary operations continue to be halted by the decline on the budget.

He says, among them, deployment to the border posts does not meet minimum requirement.

“Our borders continue to remain porous, as you know the consequences of such a situation.”

He says the resources at their disposal are no longer enough to have business as usual.

“The resources available to the SANDF are no longer adequate to ensure that the territorial; integrity of our country is adequately secured.”

He says the next financial year may see the force being unable to afford to deploy adequate soldiers to borders and maritime security in coastal lines and eventually failing to deploy others to peace keeping missions across Africa.

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