Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam, has revealed that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) needs over R50 billion, or else it will not be able to defend the country if need be.

Yam told said effective military capability was essential to deal with probable threats. According to The Citizen, he used Mozambique as an example, pointing at the volatile terror situation in the country. learned that Yam make these comments during a media conference on Thursday in Pretoria.

It’s believed Yam complained that less than one percent of the gross domestic product in SA is spent on defence.

According to, Yam said: “Do we want that to come here? “We can’t sit idle … we must be ready for it.”