SANDF ups it quota of instructors to Mission Thebe, apparently without due authorisation
The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has increased its export of military skills in the form of instructors going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but this is apparently being done without the correct Cabinet memoranda, including a Government Gazette publication. The latest available edition of the SANDF publication SA Soldier, reporting on a Chief of Defence Forces Tripartite Mechanism meeting notes “an additional 113 instructors will be reporting at Mura in Mayo to conduct specialised individual training for 3 500 recruits”. The mechanism meeting was attended by General Sachipengo Nunda, Angolan Armed Forces Chief of General Staff; General Solly Shoke, SANDF Chief, and Lieutenant General Amuli Dieudonne, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC). Part of the meeting’s duties was to assess the Kitona and Mura training centres with a view to formalising the training working plan. Afrikaans weekly newspaper Rapport has it that, although acting on an order from a higher authority, the “hasty” deployment was done without a budget first being put in place. “This means the army was forced to ‘borrow’ R55 million for the instructors’ rations and logistics. This will also have implications when it comes to paying for supplies for domestic and foreign deployments at some point in the next financial year,” the paper reported. The instructors flew to the DRC on a chartered aircraft in May.