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SANDF struggles to protect military bases due to underfunding

  • web defense editor Guy Martin says the budget cuts are affecting the SANDF’s ability to protect its bases.
  • He says budget constraints are also hampering the maintenance of the force’s working fleet.

The ability of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) to protect its military bases and installations is being challenged in the face of a growing civilian threat.

Murrayhill Special Forces School, north of Pretoria, is believed to be besieged by shack dwellers who have stolen power cables and illegally connected water infrastructure.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defense and Military Veterans recently visited the training center and called for action to stop encroachment by civilian populations.

Meanwhile, a military base at Makhanda in the Eastern Cape has been unfenced due to robberies in the area.

web defense editor Guy Martin says locals took hand grenades and other items from SA 6 Infantry Battalion (SAI) in Makhanda.

According to Martin, the SANDF does not have enough money to replace perimeter fencing or maintain its equipment, including some of its planes.

“It doesn’t inspire much confidence in defense forces if they can’t even protect their own perimeter fence,” he told CapeTalk.

The SANDF is so underfunded…budget cuts see them struggling to maintain things like the fences around their own units, like in Makhanda, and just to maintain and maintain the equipment.

Guy Martin, Writer – Web Defense

At Murrayhill… the base is, if I understand correctly, quite well secured. The problem is that informal settlements are growing very quickly around the facility, and electricity and water connections are being diverted for use in these informal settlements. The base itself is still quite secure.

Guy Martin, Writer – Web Defense

In Makhanda, the perimeter fence has literally been washed away, and that’s quite embarrassing and a failure on the part of the military…It not only opens up the base for people to come and steal more equipment and items, but it’s It is also a security risk from the perspective of those living in the area.

Guy Martin, Writer – Web Defense

Some Makhanda residents walked through the broken fence and they were picking up old hand grenades, there were live ammunition lying around.

Guy Martin, Writer – Web Defense

This article first appeared on CapeTalk: SANDF struggles to protect military bases due to underfunding – defense expert