DEFENCE: Less money, fewer employees for defence force
THE South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will in the next three years come under increasing pressure to maintain its peace-keeping missions following an effective 3% cut in its budget allocation. It was also recorded that in order to do with less money, it would have to have fewer employees.All the departments in the defence, public order and safety sector are in a similar position of not keeping pace with inflation but the real reduction in spending is not as severe as the one in the SANDF budgets for the medium-term expenditure framework ending in 2018-19.At present, the SANDF is involved in five peace-support operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and in the Mozambique channel for antipiracy operations, at a cost of R4.6bn over the medium term.The South African Police Service (SAPS) budget almost keeps pace with inflation, increasing 6.6% over the medium term, while the allocation for the courts and correctional services is in a similar position, growing 6....
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