Defence expo reflects troubles for South African military


JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is one of the continent’s biggest defence spenders but its military is increasingly stretched as the country faces recession and a weakening currency.

This week’s biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition is a showcase for the country’s military, which is one of the top 20 contributors to United Nations peacekeeping missions and helps with anti-piracy operations off Mozambique’s coast.

Concerns also are growing about possible corruption linked to state-owned defence conglomerate Denel, part of a wider inquiry into the alleged plundering of state resources under former President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa’s military “has got a lot on its plate,” said Guy Martin, editor of defenceWeb, an industry news site.

The country has a defence budget of more…

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