ANC trip to Zimbabwe: DA makes it difficult for Ramaphosa

As the recent irregular trip by ANC heavyweights to Zimbabwe, facilitated by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, continues to haunt President Cyril Ramaphosa in parliament, a leading political economy analyst says the incident caught Ramaphosa off-guard. Commenting on Ramaphosa’s oral replies to questions by Democratic Alliance (DA) MPs Cathlene Labuschagne and Armand Benjamin Cloete in the […]

SANDF not immune to gender-based violence: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Despite the constraints on its finances, Mapisa-Nqakula said the armed forces have been in the eye of the Covid-19 storm. A high-level ministerial task team investigating the legal frameworks around sexual abuse and exploitation by members of the armed forces is expected by the end of the year. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said during her […]

SANDF struggles to maintain its own facilities due to cash problems

According to the figures, there is an R613 million shortfall on the 2020/21 budget for facilities expenditure. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says “severe” budget cuts are making it difficult for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to take over the function of maintaining its own facilities. Currently, this function lies with the […]

Army expected to stop Operation Lockdown on Cape Flats at month-end

The much-vaunted Operation Lockdown – a crime-fighting co-operation between the police, army, and other law enforcement agencies – will wrap up at the end of the month after the army withdraws from the Cape Flats. According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, President Cyril Ramaphosa is to make a decision to suspend or extend the contract […]