SA Army needs finance, says chief

2012-08-23 14:31

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.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-23 14:40

    Who draws up the expenditure budget for the defence force? Surely thosr responsible must take into account the needs and absolute requirements for the equipping of a modern defence force. Maybe too much money is spent on unnecessary flights of government ministers and this needs to be addressed so as to allocate the expense to those ministries and not the defence department.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-23 14:48

      Quiet sad actually... Just compare our army from 1994 with Today's army... We suppose to grow and get exposed to new technologies in War. Our army can't even put 4 battalions together if the S hit the Fan... No wonder the Police was at Marikanna and not the Army...

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-08-23 15:17

      I love the taste of new submarines in the morning.

      bernpm - 2012-08-23 15:36

      The picture with this article says it all: two soldiers presenting their guns; their guns are not aligned!! Do that in a properly trained army and you will be told......!!!! "Discipline" is the name for it. It includes financial discipline and 1st echelon maintenance by troops not in action.

      procold2 - 2012-08-23 15:55

      sad for sure chaplin, i think if war broke out we definatly wouldnt be able to defend ourselves or this country, a far cry from the sadf i knew in the early 80's

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-23 16:26

      Mr President why is everthing declining? - 2012-08-23 17:45

      @Bernpm - Agreed, not only that, those rifles are 2nd World War vintage (Lee Enfield No4 Mk2's). Has the army really gotten so bad that all the R4's have been stolen and we can't even arm our soldiers properly...

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-08-23 14:41

    Speak to the "man" he has his hands on all your monies!!

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-08-23 14:47

    Sell the Grippens, subs and frigates we bought not to long ago. Get rid of the "free for the ride" soldiers and officers. Use the above money to pay out all the "HIV" soldiers and get them off the payroll. Make it an honor to serve - not a job.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-23 15:06

      Can anyone tell me which Government Department is not short of cash ? Surely they need educated boffins to run the Financial Divisions !

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-23 14:50

    Ask those in Government who ride the gravy train to give you the money they have stolen from the countries coffers/tax payers.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-08-23 15:04

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 15:10

    Ok - this is going to spark a hell of a debate. But being in my mid 40's and knowing what the army was like BEFORE 1994, I can only say - It was not always like this.............. & to tell those who cuased this - Please will you get off the Gravy train now ??! Pretty please

  • jack.kukard - 2012-08-23 15:14

    Its funny that it was a working unit before '94 , I wonder what happened ...the train is rolling

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-23 15:19

    I will accept that the army needs finance when they show us exactly what its spending that R13bn on...

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-23 15:27

    Improvise? Incompetent, Inefficient, bunch of clowns.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-23 15:28

    Well if you sold those stupid submarines and fighter jets and stealth frigates, and just had a normal army per say then all would be fine... in fact, we dont even need an army or an airforce, all we need is a navy to protect our fisheries.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-23 15:36

    Stop stealing and wasting money, there'll be enough for the real neccessities

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-23 15:37

    We have an army???? I thought the guys in browns were hobo's that got given kit from an Army Surplus store - certainly looked like it, no way they were soldiers

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-23 17:10

      They sure don't carry themselves like us soldiers from way back then.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-23 15:41

    This happens because 80% of the budget is spent on salaries

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-08-23 16:05

    What do you expect all governmental departments are and have been ripped off by the fat cat top brass.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-23 16:10

    Hou op steel!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-23 16:30

    Before the ANC took over there wasn't problems like this in the army. Where all the money go then?! Take the billions wasted on the useless navy.

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-08-23 16:59

    Here's the inside track last party for the top brass budget R250,000 the only restrictiion (R20'000) was on single malt wiskey

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-08-23 20:36

    Think it is time for Carte Blanche to do a story on the subs in the dry docs,z stories go around is that the Nave does not have money to maintain it!!?

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-08-23 20:39

    I think Zim's army is even better than ours. We need dto bring discipline back, lack of discipline is noticeable all over SA!

  • Rodger Neil - 2013-12-05 20:43

    if these facts as stated surprise anyone ....... then we are truely knackered , where have you all been livvng , this is the REAL souf efrica , sad but so true

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