Defence dept cash-strapped, but pays Cubans more than R1 billion to repair equipment

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The government is paying R1 billion to Cubans to fix equipment.
The government is paying R1 billion to Cubans to fix equipment.
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Days after Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula complained that the defence force is under-resourced, rendering it under "extreme stress", it emerged that her department had paid more than R1 billion to Cuba over the past six years.

On Tuesday, Mapisa-Nqakula, in her budget vote speech, warned that the conflict in Mozambique could spill over into South Africa, while defence capabilities were under "extreme stress" amid budgetary constraints after a R15 billion cut over the next three years.

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