4th May 2010
South Africa's military might is incontestable
upon the African Continent and as Africa's military super power we
have the burdensome responsibility of ensuring peace, security and
stability throughout the region.
In this vein, The IFP salutes the continuing
initiatives of the Department of Defence with its peacekeeping
operations, such as operation Cordite, beyond our borders in
conjunction with the African Union and the United Nations. South
Africa, as the leading military power in the region has an incumbent
duty to assist other African Nations in the Defence of their own
peace, security and democracy as well as in the protection of
fundamental human rights.
Our Defence Force training is comparable with any
elite Defence force training in the world and the IFP is extremely
proud of the men and woman who keep our country safe from harm.
Operation Kgwele helping to ensure the safety and
security of our upcoming FIFA World Cup event, the South African
Navy patrolling our waters and assisting law enforcement in
apprehending poachers, and the South African Air force with its
dedicated search and rescue teams with it's ongoing operations
Arabella and Chariot, are all shining examples our military in
The IFP supports the division of Military Veterans
and Defence into separate departments. The Department of Defence
must concentrate upon its core function, namely that of the National
Security of South Africa and it's people. The IFP will urge the
Minister to re-open the registration of veterans so that we are able
to include those who have been left behind.
Landward Defence's "Operation Corona" is to be
welcomed, it is long overdue and a much needed step in curbing the
illegal entry of people and goods across our borders. South African
Police Services are already overburdened with our internal security
matters and should be allowed to concentrate on same without having
to stretch their resources to protection of our borders as well.
SANDF members are specially trained for these purposes and should
provide a far more effective and cost efficient service. The
minister advised last week that this operation would be a major
challenge to the SANDF; we hope this statement was made in jest as
we would think that our army should be ready for deployment at a
We applaud the Department for the 4000 new
recruits that joined the Defence Force in January this year. We also
congratulate the Minister on raising the salaries of the troops;
this boosts morale and leads to a content and effective fighting
It is unfortunate that this department has
received unqualified audits for the last couple of years apparently
due to mismanagement by departmental staff in this area. We
accordingly urge the minister to co-operate with SCOPA in these
matters because it reflects negatively on the department when it
fails to rectify it's shortcomings as pointed out by SCOPA.
If I may end by saying Minister that only great
people from great nation's stand up for the rights and protection of
human beings beyond their own borders. You and your Department are
the tip of the sword for our Defence, Freedom and Democracy as well
as the Freedom, safety and democracy of the region.
Make us proud.
The IFP supports the vote.
I thank you.
Contact: Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, 083 625 0803.