Soldiers on active duty in KwaZulu-Natal reportedly received meal allowances after the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) intervened.
Union national secretary Pikkie Greeff said payment of meal allowances to soldiers was done in the absence of them being issued with rations with the rider it should never have been an issue.
“Had the SANDF (SA National Defence Force) been adequately funded then seamless provision of rations to troops would not have been an issue in the first place as the national defence force would have had adequate access and usage of ration supply vehicles and equipment for this deployment,” Greeff said in a statement, bringing to an end a week-long impasse about food and hygiene products for soldiers in KwaZulu-Natal as part of Operation Prosper.
The country’s largest military labour union will back new Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise in whatever efforts she undertakes to ensure increased funding for the SANDF.
“Sandu will not cease to propagate for better funding of the SANDF and again expresses the hope the new minister will successfully pursue this issue,” the statement reads.
The issue of short and non-issue of rations and/or meal allowances was first raised by the Pretoria-headquartered military trade union and subsequently spread via social media by Julius Malema’s EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters). Sandu addressed its concerns directly to Minister Modise and was supported by her deputy Thabang Makwetla. He earlier this week told a Cape Town media briefing the rations issue was resolved.