Minister defends cost of SA military arms

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the cost of arming SA’s military is necessary for national security.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has defended the cost of arming South Africa's military.

Mapisa-Nqakula says while she appreciates that many are not in favour of more spending on defence, she says this is necessary for national security and for peace keeping purposes on the continent.

The minister says it's crucial for the military to be ready and equipped in case of any threats against South Africans.

"We should be equipped in a manner that whatever threat is posed, we are able to deal with it."

She says no country's safety is guaranteed.

"I don't know, sitting here, whether there will be a threat against South Africa."

The minister's comments came shortly after a military strategy review found South Africa needs a decade to fix its cash-strapped armed forces.