Getrude Makhafola
7 minute read
27 Apr 2022
6:00 am

SANDF so broke, troops have to buy their own boots

Getrude Makhafola

The SANDF has gone as far as stopping recruitment drives to save money, while they can't even ensure fresh food for deployed troops.

Picture: Rajesh JANTILAL/ AFP

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is fast becoming a shadow of its former self, with frustrated soldiers having to go as far as spending their own money to buy work necessities such as combat boots. Such is the vulnerable state of the defence force, that defence experts say it poses a threat to the country’s sovereignty. Experts warn that persistent budget cuts, ageing troops, and lack of equipment, among other concerns, do not bode well for the country’s military future. Soldiers are also being confronted by worsening working conditions, both at combat zones and at defence offices, which include...