Donald Trump’s historic victory has many consequences. A lot of them bad. But what would it mean for African defence?
The Seriti Commission was a whitewash, but within the findings are two important things that the commission got right: That the procurements were justified and necessary, and that they are being utilised within SANDF guidelines.
A looming budget speech is set to strip the South African military of what little funding it has left. It is past time for an alternative future policy that fits a cash-strapped defence force.
The SANDF appears to show no signs of slowing down its international peacekeeping responsibilities. As the state calls upon the military to contribute abroad, it appears as though the defence answer will answer. Despite crippling budget restraints, the SANDF will move onward to other theatres of peacekeeping and conflict intervention, whether through the United Nations or the African Union.
The South African president’s speech was cold comfort for a defence sector starved for good news.