SANDF should be deployed to protect our borders, not kill our Wildlife!

The IFP has today submitted questions to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to ascertain what the total cost of the vanity exercise, named Armed Forces Day was and how many active members of SANDF were deployed to the City of Cape Town for this project.

It is shameful that our military might was abused to the detriment of our environment, coastal waters and domestic pets. Many calls by civil society organisations have fallen on deaf ears which includes the City of Cape Town, as the SANDF continues to parade itself around the city.

The SANDF would be better placed along our porous borders to combat the illicit flow of trade, goods and people. The country is bleeding money because of poor border management to the benefit of organised crime syndicates.

Moreover, the uncontrolled flow of people into the country is burden on services, infrastructure and national security – that should be the main priority of our defence force outside of peace keeping missions and war.

The IFP awaits a response from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans following our objection to a military shooting on the False Bay Coast.

The IFP also calls for the immediate cessation of this military exercise, and for the Minister of Environment to ascertain whether an environmental impact assessment was completed and approved for such wanton environmental destruction.

Narend Singh MP
IFP Spokesperson on the Environment
083 788 5954