It has been reported that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) expressed that it can no longer keep South Africa safe.
According to the report, SANDF said its duty to protect South Africa and keep the country safe is now almost impossible because it doesn’t have the budget that will sponsor the task.
While the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula cited serious constraints when she tabled her department’s budget vote, Secretariat Sam Gulube announced that SANDF may be unable to deploy adequate soldiers to borders and coastal lines in the next financial year due to limited resources, EWN reported.
It said the Secretariat hinted that SANDF deployment of soldiers to peacekeeping missions may also be halted. Gulube reportedly said:
“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.”
He also pointed out that the deployment to border posts across the country is not meeting the minimum requirements. And, that the resources available are simply not enough.
“Our borders continue to remain porous, as you know the consequences of such a situation.
The resources available to the SANDF are no longer adequate to ensure that the territorial; integrity of our country is adequately secured.”
When the Defence Minister presented the Defence and Military Veterans Dept Budget Vote 2017/18 in the National Assembly earlier this year, she asserted that SANDF has been making substantial operational achievements in border safeguarding despite the challenges facing the force.
According to her, the achievements were recorded in stock theft, recovery of stolen vehicles, and prevention of cross-border crime.
Then, she divulged that her department will submit a Border Safeguarding Strategy to the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Ministers for approval.
“It is still my intention that the required number of companies deployed must increase from 15 to 22, as per plan and make our borders more secure.
“Thi, however, is impeded by the continuous reductions in the defence budget. We need the support of Parliament to deal with this,” she said.