The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, revealed in a reply to a parliamentary question, that R 163 million was blown on the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Central African Republic (CAR).
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.