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Cake love, not war: Confusion after SANDF ‘opens a chain of bakeries’

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The DA is seeking immediate clarity from the Minister of Defence, after it was revealed that SANDF opened its fifth in-house bakery over the weekend. The move has been described as ‘bizarre’ by critics, who have demanded a prompt investigation into this potentially wasteful use of expenditure.

Despite being short of dough, military officials are now under pressure to explain their new business venture.

SANDF bakeries: Plot to raise funds could cause more trouble

The scarcely-believable situation comes as SANDF desperately seeks a cash injection. The army is facing a major budget crisis ahead of 2022, and widespread bake sales are unlikely to turn their fortunes around. However, SANDF Captain Desiree Boipelo Kolokoto has defended their efforts.

“Sanlam and Liberty pledged to support and collaborate with the SA National Defence Force in assisting communities to develop businesses to create jobs, amongst others like the Mobile Fresh Market as part of the farming projects of Koba-Tlala.”

Desiree Boipelo Kolokoto

‘Cake tin soldiers’ leave opposition MPs perplexed

Another store opened at an infantry base in the Western Cape earlier this month. Pictures of officials attending the launch event raised questions amongst opposition figures, namely Kobus Marais.

The Shadow Defence Minister is convinced that SANDF could now land itself in legal trouble, hitting its depleted financial reserves even harder. Marais is also calling for an overhaul amongst the army’s top brass.

“The DA will write to the Minister of Defence, Thandi Modise, to call for an investigation into the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) bizarre decision to create a chain of bakeries.”

“This could potentially constitute as irregular and wasteful expenditure. These bakeries fall outside of the defence force’s mandate and has potentially opened SANDF up to irregular and wasteful expenditure of its already limited funds.”

“This decision once again highlights the lack of strategic thinking and foresight within the SANDF’s leadership ranks. The army needs to be reformed and repositioned to address the modern-day challenges that South Africa faces.”

Kobus Marais

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