Darren Olivier
3 minute read
19 Oct 2021
6:15 am

Defence force integration was ‘not perfect’

Darren Olivier

Group’s demands are unreasonable, their membership numbers suspect.

Picture: Citizen.co.za/Tracy Lee Stark

Some background might be useful to explain whether or not the Liberation Struggle War Veterans’ (LSWV) demands are legitimate. Between 1993 and 1996, the SA Defence Force, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) and the Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei forces were integrated into a new SA National Defence Force (SANDF) via a carefully negotiated process agreed to by all. Each force produced a certified personnel register (CPR) of its members for either integration or demobilisation, depending on age, skills and willingness to integrate. ANC military wing MK’s list had 28 888 names, PAC’s Apla had 6...