Defence budget inadequate - Sisulu

2011-10-12 17:32

Cape Town - The defence department's inadequate budget is affecting its operations, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday.

Sisulu was responding in writing to a parliamentary question by Mlindi Nhanha of the Congress of the People.

Nhanha asked whether the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) budget was impacting on its battle fitness and readiness.

Sisulu responded: "Naturally, and as a matter of life, any gap in resources will have some kind of impact on the activities one is engaged in. That applies to the department of defence and the SANDF."

The SANDF's budget needed to be a matter of concern for all South Africans, she said.

"The matter has not been dealt [with] to the full satisfaction of the ministry and the department and we remain hopeful that the budget would be increased in the not-too-distant future."

The National Assembly's defence committee as a whole should be concerned about this matter, she said.

In her budget speech in the Assembly in April, Sisulu said the SANDF's budget was hopelessly inadequate.

The SANDF's budget allocation for 2011/12 announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in February is R38.4bn and was projected to grow to R43.9bn in 2013/14.

  • Darter - 2011-10-12 17:36

    Yep....budget has been too low, for too long. Since the early 90's.

      1nawty0 - 2011-10-12 17:54

      All the veterans have been let down in By The ANC. They bought Submarines, boats and aeroplanes, that South Africa could not afford or operate...!! they stole from the no Budget for pensions!!

      Met - 2011-10-12 18:27

      Not enough for all to steal and to treat all the HIV postives- around 70-80 %, I believe

      Piet Skiet - 2011-10-12 18:47

      Once again, inherited one of the greatest defence forces in the world, nothing left after 17years.

      Darter - 2011-10-12 19:06

      MET - HIV around 70-80%? Good example of South Africa's "copy-paste" attitude. Hear something, add a bit of spice, tell someone else. What exactly makes soldiers "hornier" than policemen, doctors, nurses etc etc? Why isn't the HIV rate in teachers or policemen higher than 70%? They have 10 times more opportunity to have reckless sex than soldiers do. Read credible defence related sites for info, and you'd find the HIV rate is way less than that. Last count it was less than the national average, according to the Surgeon General...

  • Craig - 2011-10-12 17:37

    Budget for what?

      Ozymandios - 2011-10-12 18:47

      Agree they had R65bn spent on them and not much to show for all that esp the Navy. As for readiness for war. Gosh would not hold my breath on that one. I think they need more money for anti-retrovirals.

  • Philip - 2011-10-12 17:46

    After all, what will happen to all our war efforts, and our ability to mete out justice to all would-be enemies of democracy across the African plains as a leading AU nation without an adequate defense budget?? And what of all those poor MPs who now have to work for their salary rather than being able to steal it? Its a crying shame!

  • People Hater - 2011-10-12 17:50

    I thought it is the lack of qualified personnel to opperate the weaponry, as well as undiscliplined and untrained soldiers, that are affecting their opperations, not lack of budget.

  • David Langley - 2011-10-12 17:59

    there is no money because sisulu and her cadres have either stolen it or spent it on exepnsive classified hotels !! nuf said

  • Woofix - 2011-10-12 18:07

    Nevermind all the irrelevant comments: It is the first time in a loooong period since looooong ago that somebody in parliament hit the nail on the head. For all the years since 1994 the SANDF was detoriating not only by lack of training and experteese, but mainly by lack of an adequate budget every year and by fasing out material and weapon systems that would means a lot to the effeciency of the SANDF and the country as a whole. The BIG question is how do the P.M. and other ministers think will S.A, fullfill its role as "peacekeeper" of the African continent with a defenceforce that is as kripple as an invalid in a rollchair??? I know what i am stating here by reading many comentaries about expertees that is up to date with the SADF. But o.k. there is light shining @ the end of the tunnel when decision-makers begin to realise the truth for what it is before a real war would show out SADF incompetence.

      jerhone - 2011-10-12 19:53

      man i bet you even Lesotho can overpower this bobjaan army , they just want more money to steal

  • Johan - 2011-10-12 18:19

    Mara why me Sisulu ? Wena - you are paying to much da bribe in the arms deal . . . . . .

  • lutthetillhs - 2011-10-12 18:32

    If its anything like the police force the budget shortage must be due to all the weapons 'lost;

  • CHAINFIRE - 2011-10-12 18:36

    Need moela for de BEEEEEG ANC PARTY!!!!!Stuff the country and security! ANC part is all that counts

  • Kate - 2011-10-12 18:44

    Take from the Education departments budget. We know of R20million that they can spare.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-10-12 20:20

      perfectly put! The corrupt-incompetent comrades throws money at an incompetent bunch of nitwits and then stick their heads into a hole

      Yar - 2011-10-12 21:12

      R20M they can't find.

  • call a spade - 2011-10-12 19:04

    Who in its right mind want to attack SA. African countries? what a laugh. European countries? Have enough problems of their own. USA? We do not have oil. China? maybe but not through war. So disband the army. It is simply a waste of money.

      Yar - 2011-10-12 21:17

      Hope we don't get attacked. Remember last time we went to war, against Lesotho. A country with a population the same size as Randburg, filled with goat herds, gave us a bloody good hiding.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-12 19:20

    What operations? Who are we at war with? What we have is a lot of overpaid overweight unionists who would struggle fight off an attack from Zimbabwe even though Zimbabwe is bankrupt. The "toys" that were the subject of the fraudulent arms deal are a huge part of the problem. As for the "old" South Africans going on about the old defence force, best remember that the money wasted on that conventional army bankrupted South Africa and lead directly to the release of Mandela and Codesa and the ANC claiming victory in the armed struggle. The whole bloody lot of them should have been drowned at birth because that is the only cure for stupidity. The old defence force and the new army haven't got a clue as to what they should be doing.

  • letsee - 2011-10-12 19:51

    The threats to South Africa are in education, housing, health and quite frankly I don't see any threats that calls for the defence forces. How much is needed to look after the borders of this country? That's the only priority budget.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-12 20:17

    eish -- 40year-old-overweight troops on strike again? Maybe Jacob wants a new plane and a tender for the comrades? Maybe,it is actually the IQ that is to low,not the budget

  • Alyson - 2011-10-12 22:28

    Listen I was never in the defence force, so I obviously know nothing, but ..... when an army/airforce/navy is actually doing NOTHING, just drawing salaries,what is the "38 billion" budget used for ???? For the top brass to draw more salaries and host functions. Lots of fun hey, at my tax expense. Why can't they help the cops with road blocks etc and at least earn their money !!!

      Sonskyn007 - 2011-10-12 22:56

      Alyson, you are no nothing about the role and function of a defence force.

  • casskot - 2011-10-13 10:04

    I seriously cannot believe this , not so long afo or a few weeks ago was it not Lindiwe who bragged that had the ANC approached her to sponsor the Beeg party her dept would have beeen more then willing ?????????

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