Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
15 Jul 2021
6:03 pm

Mass SANDF deployment unrealistic and a little too late

Sipho Mabena

The deployment is unprecedented and the costs alone are enough to cripple the SANDF for the rest of the year, if not financed by treasury.

Members of the SANDF can be seen in Mamelodi where they searched residents homes for items possibly looted from Mams Mall during the riots and unrest, 14 July 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

While somewhat comforting to the panic-stricken public, experts believe the plan to deploy 25 000 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members to stop the ongoing violence and looting was not only fanciful but also little too late. On Wednesday Lieutenant General Khulekani Mbatha, Chief of the South African Army, ordered all reserve force members to report for duty at their respective units at “First Light” of Thursday morning, with their necessary equipment. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Thursday published a code of conduct for the armed forces to adhere to during "Operation PROSPER’ in...