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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24

The insurgency in Mozambique's northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, has the potential to spill into South Africa, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said when she delivered her departments' budget vote speech on Tuesday.

This while defence capabilities are under "extreme stress" amid budgetary constraints after an R15 billion cut over the next three years.

Mapisa-Nqakula told a mini-plenary of the National Assembly in a virtual sitting the Covid-19 pandemic had "completely changed the future security landscape in SADC [Southern African Development Community] by negatively impacting on human security, economic growth, trade and development".

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