SA soldiers almost sent home due to food shortages

It is reported that soldiers in Mpumalanga‚ Gauteng‚ and Limpopo were ordered to return home after rations started running low on Sunday.

Pikkie Greef, SA National Defence Union (SANDU) Spokesperson, says at this stage they are still investigating why there were rations shortages.

He says the South African Defence Force (SANDF) is legally obligated to provide meals for members that are living-in on bases daily.

The only explanation that was offered to our lawyers was that the money that was authorised for procuring the rations for some reason, they were not purchased or delivered. We are still trying to find out what was the reason for that.

Pikkie Greef, SA National Defence Union (SANDU) Spokesperson

The complaints came to us because some of the soldiers stay 100 kilometres away and don't have money to travel to their homes.

Pikkie Greef, SA National Defence Union (SANDU) Spokesperson

If the small things aren't going right in the military, then the potential for disaster is very big.

Pikkie Greef, SA National Defence Union (SANDU) Spokesperson

Immediate intervention by SA National Defence Union led to the SANDF backtracking on its plans to send soldiers home and sending food to the affected bases.

To hear more on what is happening within SANDF, click to listen below:


Read More
JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced that some delegates will not be able to vote in this weekend's elective conference.

Minister Brown warns new Eskom board to be careful 'who they play golf with'

Minister Brown warns new Eskom board to be careful 'who they play golf with'

Brown introduced the new board at a special general meeting on Friday, telling the board to get Eskom back on track.

Shaving SANDF budget could help govt fund varsity fees - economist

Shaving SANDF budget could help govt fund varsity fees - economist

Economist Thabi Leoka says nearly R52 billion of South Africa's R1.4 trillion overall budget is devoted to Defence #FridayStandIn

Unguarded weapons depots could blow up in SANDF's face - defence analyst

Unguarded weapons depots could blow up in SANDF's face - defence analyst

Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman says that, if reports are true, SANDF's weapons depots are easy targets for terrorists.

Stability of DRC a concern, says defence expert amid SANDF rebel fears

Stability of DRC a concern, says defence expert amid SANDF rebel fears

The South African National Defence Force is allegedly concerned that new troops may turn on their trainers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How SANDF soldiers were overpowered by criminals with knifes

How SANDF soldiers were overpowered by criminals with knifes

Stephen Grootes spoke to South African National Defense Force's (SANDF) Brigadier General Xolani Mabhanga about the recent attack.

Popular articles
Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

The DA has suspended Patricia de Lille from party activities but Eusebius McKaiser says its statement 'is clear as mud'.

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

Connor Weber, fell unnoticed into a bin of water and drowned.

Fund manager lays criminal charges against former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste

Fund manager lays criminal charges against former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Benguela Global Fund Managers Chief Investment Officer Zwelakhe Mnguni.

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

Financial Mail editor Rob Rose chats to Eusebius McKaiser about how Steinhoff became the retail giant we know, before the fall.

Zuma order to pay costs of failed legal suit, a damning indictment: Law expert

Zuma order to pay costs of failed legal suit, a damning indictment: Law expert

Law professor at Wits says the President has now been warned to consider his options very careful when playing delaying tactics.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.