Talking Point 11.6.2015 04:03 pm

Does race representation in the National Defence Force matter?

FILE PICTURE: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) capability demonstration is seen. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) capability demonstration is seen. Picture: Michel Bega

The South African Army has embarked on an intensive programme to lure young, white South Africans into the military, the chief of the South African army, Lieutenant-General Vusi Masondo, said on Thursday.

“The Minister of Defence (Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula) gave the SA Army a directive that we must robustly continue tapping into underrepresented communities and bring in capable, young men and women from that sector of society to serve in our military,” Masondo told reporters at a breakfast session in Pretoria.

“The minister made it known that through government’s non-racial policies, extra efforts have to be made to ensure that we redress the imbalances of our painful past. We must guard against falling into an undesirable situation where our military gets disproportionately dominated by one race group.”

The chief of the SA National Defence Force appealed to the media to help in the national drive to lure young, white South Africans into the armed forces.

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