Comments by Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader, in the Budget vote debate: Department of Defence and Military Veterans, 18 May 2018
Command structure to blame for poor discipline in defence force
Year after year the insufficient budget of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is up for discussion and things will probably just continue in the same vein because the ANC lacks the political will to do anything about it.
Similarly, the poor discipline in the defence force is another problem that the FF Plus highlights year after year, but there is no improvement there either.
Discipline in the defence force is non-negotiable. It creates proud soldiers. However, if one considers the recent incidences where soldiers were involved, one cannot help but ask yourself if the South African National Defence Force has any pride left? It is disturbing and the reason for it is that the command structure is unable to maintain discipline.
One example is that horses in the defence force’s cavalry died due to malnutrition. The members are not doing their jobs and just want to sit around and wait for the end of the month to get their salary. They did not even go to the trouble to check if all the horses are there and if they have enough feed.