Mapisa-Nqakula was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces during an engagement between MPs and ministers in the peace and security cluster.
She said the SANDF was never designed or aimed to be utilised internally - “only when state control and authority is being undermined to the extent that it endangers the lives of the citizens of South Africa”.
“The SANDF was mandated to deploy as part of Operation Prosper or Operation Lockdown from July 12 to September 16.
“It must be taken into consideration that stabilising a hostile environment is not an overnight and instant occurrence. The SANDF remains committed to address and perform its mandate within the given task.”