Treasury proposes R700 million extra funding for SANDF


The National Treasury has proposed that R700 million in additional funds be allocated to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for its deployments internally and in Mozambique.

The Treasury on Tuesday briefed the Standing Committee on Appropriations on its Second Special Appropriation Bill, proposing the additional funding to cover the costs of the deployment of military personnel to assist police with bringing order to the recent unrest and riots mainly in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal provinces; and for the deployment of the SANDF to Mozambique for a period of three months, as part of the Southern African Development Community Standby Force.

Of the R700 million, R354 442 000 would go toward the compensation of employees and R324 260 000 towards goods and services.

The Bill aims to address the impact of the recent unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic and also seeks additional urgent funding allocations in the 2021/22 financial year for Social Development, Defence, Police, and Trade, Industry and Competition. If Treasury gets its way, R32 billion will be allocated to address the impact of the unrest and COVID-19.

Treasury is also seeking R250 million of additional funds be allocated to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the deployment of police personnel to deal with the recent unrest and riots. This is mostly for things like fuel.

Now that it has been presented to Parliament, the bill will be considered so the allocations can be approved.

The SANDF is deployed to ensure civil order under Operation Prosper. The initial deployment from July to August was costed at R615 million, and the extension to 13 September will require an additional R254 914 500, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s deployment letter. Ten thousands troops remain on Prosper duty.

Up to 1 495 personnel have been authorised to be deployed to Mozambique under Operation Vikela. The SANDF deployment is for three months (15 July to 15 October) at a cost of R984 million, but may be extended. South African troops and equipment began arriving in Mozambique in July.