War Veterans and Democracy in South Africa: 'a Wolf in Wolf's Clothing'?
Strategic Review for Southern Africa 2010, June, 32, 1
Strategic Review for Southern Africa
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ABSTRACT The recent appearance of Umkhonto we Sizwe * military veterans in camouflage uniforms on the streets of Cape Town demanding an apology from the newly elected premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, following a letter to the president raises a number of fundamental questions, of which the most important relates to the potential influence of the military veterans on the democratic dispensation in South Africa. Is it desirable in a new and fragile democracy to have a paramilitary force operate within the niche normally reserved for civil society groups in order to challenge the state? The article analyses the place of these military veterans in a democracy and consider the desirability of their presence within civil society.
- Category: Engineering
- Published: 01 June 2010
- Publisher: University of Pretoria, Institute for Strategic Studies
- Print Length: 20 Pages
- Language: English
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