We’re un­der wa­ter, de­fence chiefs ad­mit

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“The [bud­get al­lo­ca­tion] al­lowed for only ba­sic and min­i­mal main­te­nance and re­pair to be con­ducted to keep ves­sels afloat and where pos­si­ble to move. The sit­u­a­tion has led to the steady de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of our mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties, nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tional de­fects and [ves­sels’] non-avail­abil­ity to go to sea.” — Sec­re­tary of De­fence Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Vusumuzi Ma­sondo, in his re­sponse to parliament last month

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