Thandi Modise, who replaced long-serving Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as defence and military veterans minister in August, has to contend with no less than 15 legislated South African statutes and six international agreements in executing her duties.
The Border Management Authority (BMA) Act, approved by the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last year, joins the Defence, Defence Amendment and Defence Special Account acts as well as the National Conventional Arms Control Act, National Strategic Intelligence Act, Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, Hydrographic Act and Disaster Management Act as directing her thinking and decisions, with input from the senior command structure of the national defence force and the Defence Secretariat.
Additionally, the Minister and her coterie of advisors have to take into account the Public Service and Public Finance Management acts when making decisions.
Other legislation Modise and her team operate under are the Castle Management Act, the Armaments Corporation of SA Act and the Military Ombud Act.
On the international front she is, as “Mrs SA Defence”, bound to the UN Charter, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges, the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mutual Defence Pact, African Union Non-aggression and Common Defence Pact and the Chicago Convention, the convention on international civil aviation.