The ANC government’s call on whites to join the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is not honourable as policies such as transformation and affirmative action deny whites the opportunities for promotion, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the FF Plus’ chief spokesperson on Defence said.
Dr. Groenewald said today during the debate on the Defence Amendment Bill that the government in addition is investigating the involvement of former defence force members who are involved in fighting against Boko Haram as South Africa needs these soldiers’ expertise.
He said the attempts to get whites to join the SANDF are hypocritical. “The ANC had with its policy of transformation and affirmative action fired 77 colonels of whom 76 were white. In 2006 an officers training course was instituted at the army combat training centre, but only for black, brown and Indian soldiers.
“If the ANC thinks it will be luring white people to the defence force, but then tell them that they cannot go on an officers training course due to transformation and affirmative action, the government is misleading itself that whites will be joining the defence force.
“If the government really wants to introduce amendments concerning defence which would be in the interest of the country, then it would amend the Constitution to do away with affirmative action. Because this is nothing other than a racially discriminating Act that will not be making use of the best human potential of South Africa.
“There is expertise of former soldiers that the defence force could use fruitfully in its operations in Africa,” Dr. Groenewald said.
Regarding the former soldiers who are being investigated, Dr. Groenewald said they should rather be thanked for their successes against Boko Haram to bring to peace in Africa.
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