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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has noted the Minister of Defence, Thandi Modise’s extremely poor judgement in attending the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security.
Modise landed in Moscow, Russia, for the Conference at the invitation of the Russian Minister of Defence, General Shoigu. The Conference, which takes place from the 15th to the 17th of August 2022, will be attended by Ministers of Defence from different countries as well as experts and key stakeholders in the military field. The Conference‘s objectives are to share practical ideas and explore solutions on matters of global security. Minister Thandi Modise will address the conference on Tuesday, the 16th of August.
DA Shadow Minister of Defence Kobus Marais said Modise’s media release touting Russia as a “peace-loving” nation is extremely worrying as Russia has been embroiled in a war against Ukraine for the past 6 months after instigating an invasion. “If Minister Modise and her comrades in Cabinet are unable or unwilling to acknowledge the truth of Russia’s atrocities, they will never be able to address the reality of the serious concerns plaguing SANDF and the rest of the country.”
Marais said the money being wasted on Minister Modise’s trip should have been channelled into capacitating the Defence Force. “The men and women putting their lives on the line to defend South Africa deserves a Minister who cares more about them than about appeasing her Russian comrades”.