SANDF: We don't have budget to keep SA safe

Secretariat Sam Gulube says the next financial year may see the force being unable to afford to deploy adequate soldiers to borders and coastal lines.

FILE: Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) patrol Rea Vaya routes in Soweto. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it doesn’t have the budget to keep South Africa safe.

Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula tabled her department's budget vote, citing serious constraints.

Secretariat Sam Gulube says that the next financial year may see the force being unable to afford to deploy adequate soldiers to borders and coastal lines.

He says the deployment of soldiers to peacekeeping missions across Africa may also be halted.

“We’re in a difficult situation now whereby we no longer have adequate funding to ensure that we have the necessary numbers of soldiers to defend our country’s borders.”

Gulube adds that the deployment to the border posts does not meet the minimum requirements.

“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.”