The National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Defence has tasked the defence department to quantify the cost to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) of supporting other government departments during next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010’s Soccer World Cup.
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group
reports the committee was recently concerned to hear from the Chief of Joint Operations, Lt Gen Themba Matanzima that the SANDF would not be getting any funding from the police for Operation Kgwele, the military`s support to the police for the two FIFA events.
Then-acting Chairman Gerhard Koornhof said he recommended the DOD speak to stakeholders about funding. “It would not be acceptable to come to the Committee for funding at a later stage.”
SANDF chief of corporate services said R20 million had been made available to the SA Military Health Service to address chemical and biological defence shortcomings.
Acting defence secretary Tsepe Motumi added that defence minister Charles Nqakula – until recently in charge of policing – “was committed to raising the matter with his Safety and Security counterpart.”
MP Nkosinathi Fihla said that failing a costing the defence department was “facing a relegation threat”. He said the Committee was willing to assist the department in warding it off.