Defence and Military Veterans

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Defend and protect the Republic of South Africa, its territorial integrity and its people, in accordance with the Constitution and the principles of international law regulating the use of force. Provide for military veterans’ benefits.


The Department of Defence derives its mandate from section 200 of the Constitution, the Defence Act (2002), as amended by the Defence Amendment Act (2010), as well as the 1996 White Paper on Defence, the 1998 Defence Review and the 2015 South African Defence Review. The department is required to provide, manage, prepare and employ defence capabilities that are commensurate with the needs of South Africa.

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