Soldiers’ lives could have been spared

2013-03-31 10:00

While we were enjoying ourselves on Saturday night when Bafana Bafana were hammering the Central African Republic (CAR), little did we know that our fellow countrymen would lose their lives in a battle with CAR rebels.

When the news broke, I paused and thought about the notorious arms deal, when the SA National Defence Force spent billions on arms.

For example, Gripen and Hawk fighter jets were bought. These are meant to help ground troops in case of similar attacks.

Where were they?

Do we need a commission of inquiry on this?

Our back-up system is not up to the challenge and this should serve as a wake-up call to the defence force.

The attack has also tested the capacity of our military.

If not urgently attended to, similar attacks are likely to follow.

I advise the defence force to urgently establish a decent back-up system to protect our brothers and sisters on duty.

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