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SA's defence force decline has 'become worse' - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

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SANDF soldier.
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In brief: There are reasons to be concerned about the current state of South Africa's defence force, whose decline in capabilities has deteriorated since a 2015 review was approved. This is according to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who raised concerns over budget cuts to her department.

The issue: Cash flow challenges at state arms manufacturer Denel, which plays a pivotal role in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) operations, have worsened the situation.

She said it: "I have initiated the Defence Review 2015, directed the development of a plan to arrest the decline, supported departmental engagement with National Treasury and repeatedly informed members of Parliament of the need to intervene to reverse the current state of decline in defence capabilities."

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