SANDF's 'exorbitant spending' slammed

Sandu has condemned the SANDF’s spending of over R218k for a trip to a conference in Malaysia.

SANDF Chief Lieutenant General Solly Shoke. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) has condemned the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for spending more than R218,000 of taxpayers' money on travelling costs for its Chief Lieutenant General Solly Shoke and two other officials.

It's claimed the SANDF spent more than R100,000 on Shoke alone when the three went to Malaysia for a conference in April.

The Auditor-General has been asked to investigate.

The SANDF's Xolani Mabanga has defended the amount.

"It is cost effective if you take into consideration the trip that was taken. Because anybody, be it an ordinary person travelling to Malaysia or travelling to that part of the world, that is the amount that people have to pay."

But Sandu spokesperson Pikkie Greeff says it's all a big lie.

"Obviously General Mabanga and the rest of the department are lying to the public and are not aware of what the normal prices of flight tickets are. And that's not surprising since they only fly first class, they wouldn't know what the real prices are. There's absolutely no reason why a general cannot fly economy class."