The reply states that between 01 January 2013 and 09 April 2013, the allowances for troops, operating costs and related costs totalled R54,4 million.
Moreover, shockingly during the same period, a total of R108,8 million was spent on chartering aircraft.
This is clear quantifiable evidence of a major air transport capability gap in the South African Air Force. In the end, the SANDF were drawn into a battle they could not supply and the shambles which resulted cost fifteen soldiers their lives in the CAR.
This reinforces the need for a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into the SANDF deployment in the CAR.