SA Army needs finance, says chief

2012-08-23 14:31
SANDF soldiers (File, Sapa)

SANDF soldiers (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Soldiers in the SA Army had to “improvise” when executing their duties due to numerous financial and infrastructural limitations, army chief Lieutenant General Vusimuzi Ramakala Masondo said on Thursday.

He told a media breakfast session held at the Thaba Tshwane Military Base in Pretoria that measures were now being explored to address the declining state of defence infrastructure.

“It is common knowledge that our soldiers are facing challenges such as using facilities that are dilapidated, and have to improvise to execute their functions,” said Masondo.

“The reversal of the deteriorating infrastructure of the DOD (department of defence) requires both financial and technical capacity,” he said.

An in-house capacity building mechanism had been established within the army, to deal with the repair and maintenance of defence facilities.

Regarding the issue of the soldiers suspended following the 2009 protest at the Union Buildings, Masondo said the matter was being dealt with by “higher headquarters”. He said the members were informed to report to their home units on August 16.

Masondo took over the reins of the SA Army last year. He succeeded General Solly Shoke who assumed command of the SA National Defence Force.

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