Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SANDF on the verge of collapse – So what’s new?


With dwindling budgets, an exodus of highly-skilled technical staff and reduced spending on training and equipment, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) can barely meet its constitutional obligations, according to military experts. Military analyst Helmoed Heitman said that, if drastic action is not taken soon, in the next three years it will be beyond recovery. Retired admiral Chris Bennett said massive "poaching" of technical staff had led to numerous crises and that "our military, especially on the technical side, is being bled dry by both public and private industries, as well as by foreign militaries.” -- Read more at Times Live

This news comes as no surprise!

All South African forces, military and police, which are supposed to protect and defend the citizens of the country, started deteriorating soon after 1994 when power was handed over to the Communists on a grand scale. They used fancy PC terms to describe the invasion takeover and called it a ‘transformation’ or an ‘integration’ process. By 2004, the integration process (SANDF) was considered complete, with the infiltrated integrated personnel having been incorporated into a slightly modified structure very similar to that of the old efficient SADF… But - hardly a year later, in 2005, U.S. government diplomats were already describing the South African military as, “rapidly crumbling”.

Seven years ago experts in the military field also spoke of ‘integration problems’, and ‘financial constraints’ – this despite the fact that a number of prominent government bastards, had already profited from a Multi-Billion Rand series of deals involving the purchase of weaponry the country didn’t need – a fraudulent ‘business’ that eventually became known as the South African Arms Deal. We will probably never know the full extent of all the corruption and cover-ups. It’s thus no wonder Andrew Feinstein called it, “The Shadow World”.

Then there’s the issue of the shocking quantity of weapons that have, over the past few years, simply gone missing from the arsenals of the SANDF, as reported on this blog here two years ago. These missing weapons have, no doubt, landed in the hands of criminals – which indirectly makes certain undisciplined and irresponsible members of the SANDF accessories to murder. A report on iafrica.com, in March 2011, speaks of 82,000 weapons 'missing'.

It makes me sick to think that the ANC government has allowed a once proud and disciplined military force to deteriorate to such an extent that experts believe the situation will be beyond recovery soon. I hope the experts realize - the ANC doesn’t care two-hoots, and that there will also be no drastic action to rectify the mess.

This whole business we now see unfolding before us is part-and-parcel of the ongoing strategy to create a One-World military force. It is for this reason that the ‘Masters of Darkness’ would rather prefer that a country like South Africa not have an efficient military force… It’s as simple as that!

The previous posting about the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition held recently at the Air Force Base Waterkloof, which I described as “awesome”, was NOT an exclusive “African” or “South African” display. It was a demonstration of defence technology from numerous countries - some not even remotely connected to the African continent. They could just as well have called it the “One-World” Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.

Springboks, Troepies and Cadres: Stories of the South African Army 1912-2012
Publisher: Tafelberg Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: September 2012
ISBN-10: 0624047989
ISBN-13: 978-0624047988
ORDERS: Kalahari.com | Amazon.com

Springboks, Troepies and Cadres: Stories of the South African Army 1912-2012
by David Williams

What started out as a small, ill-equipped organisation grew into the most powerful army on the continent by the 1980s. Springboks, Troepies and Cadres tells the story of the SA army in telling the stories of the men who shaped it. A divergent group of soldiers, from general officers to ordinary foot soldiers, tells of the tragedies and triumphs of the battles they took part in. Their firsthand accounts vividly bring home the realities of being a soldier, while some of the officers divulge and discuss military strategy. The book is divided into four eras – World War I, World War II, the Border War and the post-1994 era.

Historical battles, including Delville Wood (World War I) and El Alamein (World War II), come alive. The soldiers’ stories have recurring themes: Through the army’s entire history there was as an emphasis on keeping casualties to a minimum and a military ethos that glorified effectiveness rather than sacrifice. The author also takes a hard look at the state of the SA army in 2012 and the assortment of challenges it faces – from a lack of resources to racial tension and poor discipline. Yet, for the most part, these stories of the army offer a gripping and inspirational historical record.


skilpad said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Insofar as the SANDF no longer represents a force that would act in the interests of the "previously advantaged", surely it is better that it DOES descend into an incompetent mess? I'd hate to think of an effective military in the hands of the apes...
Sure, it must be sad to see for those who were involved in the excellence that was the SADF, but my challenge to those individuals is to relinquish their emotional attachment to the current sorry lot and rather think of other structures within which we could again build something great.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi TIA MYSOA, I sincerely hope you never close down your website even though you do not have many comments, what will we do if both you and Mike close down, you are serving a purpose in your own small way and you have a well designed web site and thank you. God bless and stay well. Peter.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

In a few years our Army will be like the useless Sierra Leone "Sobels" an undisciplined deadly mixture of rebels and soldiers that gets high on drugs and kill indiscriminately!

Regards Louis

Cape Report said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Interesting article.

The ANC are in control of this army due to their cadre-deployment and putting their MK 'veterans' into all senior positions.

I have heard before that military vehicles and equipment are lying half-abandoned and out-of-order.

They don't even have fuel for the vehicles which apparently gets stolen anyway.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anon/Peter Sept26, 9:50AM

I know you mean well, but please re-read your comment and think before you hit the keyboard. You are way off beam, pal!

What do you mean, Tia's serving his purpose in a "small" way?

Tia's contribution is HUGE pal; absolutely HUGE!

And let no one ever forget it!

whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

A great posting Tia! Very sad indeed if you use to know the old SADF. What a great lot they were! From trooper to general. But these days are gone forever and only memories keep it alive. In Bloemfontein, you can see it from the N1, at Tempe base, hundreds of vehicles stand there, some wheels missing, some bonnets open, all beyond repair. Sad.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Amazing how some people do not think outside the box.
The reason the SANDF is in such a poor state is so that the whites ( old SADF ) will NOT be able to utilise those resources when push comes to shove.

The normal citizen can be killed bullied by [youth] mobs with pangas and axes.

Just like Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

Start THINKING people

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