The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema recently shared a text message in which the sender, who purports to be a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), alleges that South African soldiers deployed to Mozambique have not been paid their allowances.
This is not the first time that Malema shares a text message allegedly also from an SANDF member deployed in KwaZulu-Natal following the unrest in July, in which a similar allegation was made.
The army is threatening to withdraw!🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/lBSk0pzBi5
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) August 22, 2021
The SANDF have not responded to the recent allegations the EFF leader shared on Twitter, tagging the army’s official account on the social media platform and that of the president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
In the latest screenshots shared by Malema, the sender asks for the EFF leader’s help because “we do not receive our allowances that we must get here in Mozambique which is daily allowance, water allowance and toiletries allowance”.
The sender of the text message also asks Malema to conceal their contact details “because they told us if we talk they won’t renew our contract”.
The EFF leader has urged that the soldiers deployed to Mozambique should be looked after.
Malema tweeted: “Our soldiers are suffering in Mozambique and some fool at home through Zoom interview from the comfort of their home with ugly curtains is going to say it is fake news.”
Our soldiers are suffering in Mozambique and some fool here at home, through Zoom interview from the comfort of their home with ugly curtains is going to say it is fake news. Please look after our own @SANDF_ZA @CyrilRamaphosa! pic.twitter.com/5w02p44xeZ
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 23, 2021
Up to 1495 SANDF members who are part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to Mozambique have been deployed to the neighbouring country.
The mission is expected to run from 15 July 2021 to 15 October 2021.
South Africa is expected to spend R985 million for deploying SANDF members as part of the SADC mission to Mozambique.
The mission to Mozambique is a response to security threats in the North East of the country in gas-rich Cabo Delgado, where the terrorist group of Al Sunnah wal Jamah has perpetrated acts of terror and violent extremism.
There are fears that these acts of terror and violent extremism could spill over into the borders of the countries in the SADC region.
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