Extra CAR flights cost SANDF R370m

2013-04-05 09:14
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Pretoria - The defence department says the South African National Defence Force will cover the extra expense of a recent deployment of soldiers and weaponry on 20 hired freight flights to Uganda.

It is estimated that the cost of these flights was between R277m and R370m, Die Burger reported.

Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the money to pay for these flights would come from the account that covered foreign operations.

Over the past 10 days, more than 20 flights on hired Ilyushin 76 and Antonov 124 freight planes were scheduled for Entebbe in Uganda in case South Africa was to provide more military assistance to the Central African Republic.

President Jacob Zuma recently said the SA operation in the Central African Republic would cost R2.1bn over five years - but that was not including the cost of recent flights. 

Zuma recently announced that SA troops would be withdrawn from the region – a move welcomed back home following fallout over the death of 13 SA soldiers in a battle with CAR rebels.

But SA troops could return to the area in future.

It has been revealed that SA will form part of an international intervention force that has been approved by the UN and that will deploy in the east of the DRC in July.


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