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Budget cuts for SANDF place SA’s ‘sovereignty under threat’

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Budget cuts for SANDF place SA’s ‘sovereignty under threat’

Portfolio committee hears of race to the bottom for the country’s military capacity

Political journalist

SA’s department of defence (DoD), the parent of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), has had its budget allocation by National Treasury dropped by a staggering R49bn since 2008, with far-reaching implications for the performance of our military structures.

This emerged during DoD’s appearance before the parliamentary committee on defence on Wednesday.

The committee was told that between 2008 and 2017, the DoD budget allocation by National Treasury decreased by R16.2bn...

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