US drone crashes at Niger airport

2014-10-20 22:05

A US drone has crash-landed at Niger's main airport, the army says, forcing the closure of the runway for several hours.

Ex-SAAF technician held over rightwing plans - report

2014-10-19 17:20

A former SA Air Force technician who reportedly wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he hates South Africa, has been arrested for trying to supply weapons to a right-wing extremist group, a report says.

R1bn for MKVA housing backlog, says Sisulu

2014-10-06 20:40

The human settlements department will spend close to R1bn to deal with the backlog of housing for about 6 000 military veterans, says Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Deputy defence minister deserted ANC camp

2014-09-14 10:05

Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe, who accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy, has admitted he deserted an ANC military camp during the struggle days, but says he's not a sell-out.

Defence dept 'obstructing' Sisulu flight probe

2014-09-02 15:39

The defence department is obstructing an investigation into money spent by its former minister Lindiwe Sisulu for chartered flights on a Gulfstream jet, the DA says.

DA urges AG to probe defence tenders

2014-08-29 13:09

The DA has called on Auditor General Kimi Makwetu to investigate allegations of irregularities in the awarding of tenders worth more than R200m by the defence department.

SANDF chief under fire over R100k first class flight

2014-08-26 11:37

The chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke has been criticised after allegedly spending more than R100 000 on a first class ticket to attend a conference in Malaysia in April.

SANDF unlawfully dismisses HIV+ recruits

2014-07-30 12:11

The SA National Defence Force is ignoring HIV policy, which declares any discrimination against HIV-positive members unconstitutional.

Arms inquiry could be extended - As it happened

2014-07-24 18:00

Judge Willie Seriti says he would apply for a three to four months extension in order to give all witnesses a chance to testify in the inquiry. Read more about the arms deal here.

Urgent action needed to save SANDF - minister

2014-07-23 12:29

Urgent action is needed to reverse the decline in the SA National Defence Force, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has told MPs.

Arms deal was a Cabinet decision - Mbeki

2014-07-17 12:31

No government minister took individual decisions during the procurement of arms, former president Thabo Mbeki has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal.

SANDF shocked, concerned by arrest warrants

2014-07-02 07:30

The SA National Defence Force says it is shocked but not surprised that the actions of a trade union led to an order for the arrest of three leading SANDF officers.

Court rules in favour of arms deal picket

2014-06-12 12:14

The North Gauteng High Court has granted the Right2Know Campaign permission to picket at the Sammy Marks Square in central Pretoria where the Seriti arms inquiry is based.

Manuel: Cancelling arms deal detrimental

2014-06-11 14:50

Cancelling loans secured for financing the 1999 arms deal would hurt the South African economy, former finance minister Trevor Manuel says.

Lekota: Let Zuma have his day in court

2014-06-11 13:21

Corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should still be tested in court, former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Manuel to testify at arms commission

2014-06-11 05:33

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel will testify before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-million rand arms deal.

Naidoo willing to speak at arms deal probe

2014-06-09 14:32

Chief government negotiator in the arms deal Jayendra Naidoo has declared his willingness to answer all questions before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Kasrils at arms deal commission

2014-06-06 11:06

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has arrived at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal in Pretoria.

Iran says it has copied US drone

2014-05-12 05:30

Iran says it has succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.

Ailing SANDF needs resuscitation

2014-04-23 14:33

The decline of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) needs to be urgently turned around, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Your dog truly loves your scent

2014-04-07 12:41

You smell better to your dog than other people, or even other dogs, brain scans show.

Military benefits gazetted

2014-02-21 22:29

The regulation of military benefits has been gazetted, the department of military veterans says.

SA won't send troops to CAR - report

2014-02-02 12:34

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly stated that South Africa will not send troops to the Central African Republic, despite mounting pressure to do so.

Former MK commander dies

2013-12-28 07:42

Former Umkhonto we Sizwe commander Lieutenant General Lehlohonolo Moloi has died, the department of defence and military veterans says.

Army orders soldiers back to duty

2013-12-07 14:28

The South African National Defence Force has ordered soldiers on leave to report back for duty to provide support for Nelson Mandela's mourning and funeral activities.


Sweden: Hunt on for foreign submarine

2014-10-19 22:53

Sweden has released a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers in the country's biggest such mobilisation since the Cold War.

Climate change will challenge US military

2014-10-14 07:43

The Pentagon chief has warned that climate change could bring big challenges for the US military.

Russia adds 80 ships to Black Sea Fleet

2014-09-23 18:30

Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet by 2020 with more than 80 new warships and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016.

Questions about SA rifle sale to Turkmenistan

2014-09-10 12:32

The DA wants an explanation for why South Africa sold 50 sniper rifles to Turkmenistan, a country widely criticised internationally for its human rights abuses.

Woods: Modise benefited from arms deal

2014-09-02 14:35

Former defence minister Johannes "Joe" Modise benefited from the arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Company that failed SA troops gets 91 tenders - report

2014-08-29 09:14

The company that reportedly failed South African troops in the Central African Republic last year, has since secured 91 tenders worth R209m, according to a report.

Indian firms tool up for defence orders

2014-08-21 14:15

Some of India's biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country's military.

Arms deal inquiry mum on resignations

2014-07-25 14:38

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal could not confirm a report that two evidence leaders resigned this week.

DA: Creeping authoritarianism in SANDF

2014-07-23 14:18

There is a "dangerous creeping authoritarianism" within the SA National Defence Force, DA MP David Maynier has warned.

Arms deal critic can’t attend inquiry

2014-07-21 13:00

Arms deal critic and losing bidder Richard Young will not be attending the Seriti Commission of Inquiry as he recently had an operation and needs time to recover.

Denel lands R260m deal

2014-07-02 14:59

Denel Aerostructures has been awarded a multi-million rand deal to make parts for an international military airbus, the company says.

FXI welcomes arms deal picket ruling

2014-06-13 22:36

The court ruling allowing the Right2Know Campaign to picket near the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has been welcomed by the FXI.

Stopping arms deal picket 'was wrong'

2014-06-12 10:18

The Tshwane metro police decision to stop a picket outside the Seriti inquiry was a flagrant disregard for the right to protest, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

Manuel: Mandela was pro-arms deal

2014-06-11 14:03

A mandate by former president Nelson Mandela to his Cabinet to properly equip the defence force resulted in the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Parliamentary response haunts Lekota

2014-06-11 12:08

Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota was quizzed at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on how he handled a purported breach of the arms deal contracts by arms manufacturers.

Kasril's arms deal statement criticised

2014-06-10 12:12

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils's statement submitted to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal has been criticised.

Get to the point, Seriti tells inquiry

2014-06-06 18:11

An evidence leader has been prompted to move along during the questioning of former deputy defence minister Ronnie Kasrils before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Arms deal commission back next week

2014-05-16 14:40

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal has been adjourned after a former secretary of defence completed his testimony.

SANDF soldiers wounded in DRC attack

2014-05-01 14:20

Three SANDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, during an attack in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence force says.

Arms deal cost R46.6bn - report

2014-04-10 08:37

A Treasury official has revealed that South Africa's controversial arms deal cost over R46.6bn, according to a report.

PWD fails army

2014-03-05 22:42

The public works department is failing the country's soldiers, parliament's defence portfolio committee has heard.

SA soldiers ambushed, robbed in South Sudan

2014-02-13 09:28

South African soldiers have been ambushed and robbed of equipment during a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the SA Navy says.

Military vets must be honoured: Zuma

2014-01-03 14:11

Military veterans must continue to be recognised for the contribution they made to reshaping the country's post-apartheid defence force, President Jacob Zuma says.

Scientists believe some whales flee from sonar

2013-12-15 22:44

The Navy plans to increase sonar testing in US waters over the next five years even as studies it funded reveal worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins.

S.Korea to buy 40 Lockheed F-35s

2013-11-22 11:14

South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter jets with the first delivery expected in 2018.

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