SANDF owes R26m on fuel bill

2012-03-07 11:54

Johannesburg - A countrywide fuel shortage at SA National Defence Force facilities could affect operational needs because it owes R26m on its fuel bill, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Operations already affected were the patrolling of the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders.

The problem had reached such critical proportions that the defence department had requested the Treasury to intervene, the paper reported.

It was not quite clear whether this step had become necessary because the SANDF did not have funds available to settle the outstanding fuel bill.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said the defence force was doing its best to pay the debt. However, it had become necessary to involve the Treasury in this matter.

He added it was important for the defence force to maintain good relations with its supplier KwaZulu-Natal Oils.

  • Fussed - 2012-03-07 12:09

    Apply to liquidate the SANDF

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-07 12:13

    Thats what happens when you have one of the most incompetent ministers in SA history running the army.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-07 13:34

      Trurio - Lindiwe and her defense force is constantly in the news for incompetence. Lets not forget about her R2 BILLION N2 gateway f***up. But she was merely redeployed to somewhere else. Under her watch we had soldiers going on strike. We had police force and defense force shooting at each other.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-07 13:38

      PS, the SANDF budget is R40 billion.

      Reinette - 2012-03-07 13:42

      Trurio just shows you what you know. You really think Mpofu just resigned and what she did to Gagiano was also underhanded. If you just knew. Hear she is a bit Skanky too.

      Barry - 2012-03-07 13:45

      Strongly recommend selling three completely useless submarines. No trained crews to man them. Take the knock of second hand stuff and pay your bills.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-07 15:21

      Barry - The one submarine has been rendered completely useless. Its parked in a warehouse somewhere.

      Tiaan - 2012-05-18 00:12

      @Barry - Even though I agree that they are currently not being used, I prefer to look at them as a needed asset. I'm not going to explain my reasoning in depth because I cannot do that with 1500 words. In short I am going to compare our submarines with a nuclear bunker. You spend a lot of money to build/buy it, and it's not used that often. One day... it might be needed, or it might not. Better to be safe than sorry. Because we have the submarines it means that we have an under-water capability. We might not need submarines right now, as our biggest problem currently is the economy, but in a few years that might change. We are very close to 2 World Wars erupting, and for situations like that submarines are necessary. It's easier and much quicker to train crews to use submarines than to buy or build a submarine in time for a war (It took the US quite a few years to get ready for WWII when it could've ended in 1942). Say what you want about the navy, it's something South Africa needs. So far the Minister has done a great job, and if you think you can do better, by all means go to President Zuma and propose that he appoints you.. let's see if you can do a better job.

  • Fran - 2012-03-07 12:22

    What will happen if Mugabe suddenly attacks us cause without petrol we wont be able to fly a fighter jet? Hell this is not on, incompetence in every government department.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-03-07 13:00

      you mean when he attacks us with a swarm of bees ?

      hsnam - 2012-03-24 10:23

      Mugabe has no petrol either

      Martin - 2012-05-08 14:56

      THEN WE TAKE UP ARMS, sticks and rocks, cos us as slaves oops i mean citizens were disarmed so we do not pose a threat to the great zuma or his criminal crew, by slaves i mean all races under this zoomer. we prety much roll over and die.

      Martin - 2012-05-08 14:59

      cos the sandf is bound to kill themselves with an anti aircraft gun again, they will pose little threat to the swarm of bees,

  • Fredster - 2012-03-07 12:42

    How do you get to be sooo far behind. Who is doing the accounting?

      Gary - 2012-03-07 15:45

      my thoughts exactly

  • Warwick - 2012-05-08 13:00

    WE have an Army?

  • Andrew - 2012-05-08 15:06

    So who stole the funds allocated for this? Surely the VIP flights were paid out of ANC funds?

  • Enlightened - 2012-05-08 16:58

    yeah' well, after seeing what a colonel in full uniform and pink slippers looks like, I'll agree to scrap the defense force anyway. Did anyone check the condition of that uniform. If this is the caliber of people being promoted, how in the world does anyone expect the administration to work?

  • George - 2012-05-20 20:01

    It is not true that there r no funds to pay the suplyers, There was a delay in th e payment proces due to the defence long procedures of procument and also if u can take a look at the procument officers in most GSB u will those reluctant to work unpatriotic white Ltcol,with their delaying tactics, Simple

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