Defence force not cure for SA's security issues, says analyst

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) cannot be the silver bullet to gang violence or taxi violence in Cape Town, says defence analyst John Stupard.

Stupard explains that the military does not have the capability to resolve the country's civil and security issues.

SANDF is a blunt object, especially when applied to gang violence - where you actually need a scalpel.

John Stupard, Editor at the African Defence Review

Read: 83 SANDF vehicles gone up in smoke

In the instance of intervening in gang violence, Stupard says soldiers would be limited to standing on guard or aiming fire.

You don't have to have heavily armed soldiers in the streets to get some eye and ears in terms of criminal activity in these areas.

John Stupard, Editor at the African Defence Review

SANDF, with the exception of the military police, do not have powers of arrest. Soldiers cannot arrest gang members and cannot intervene.

John Stupard, Editor at the African Defence Review

He explains that soldiers should only be deployed in extreme and mass security break-downs, such as the xenophobic violence in 2008.

The defense force can play a useful, back-up role to the police force and freeing up policing services for more urgent policing matters in that realm.

John Stupard, Editor at the African Defence Review

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Defence force not cure for SA's security issues, says analyst


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Discussions between Sanral, and the Ministers of Finance and Transport have apparently reached an advanced stage.

SA dumps 10 billion kilos of food waste every year, says expert

SA dumps 10 billion kilos of food waste every year, says expert

Roy Henderson says that big food companies need to make better use of technology to change wasteful behaviour.

83 SANDF vehicles gone up in smoke

83 SANDF vehicles gone up in smoke

Vehicles belonging to the SANDF were destroyed in a fire at a vehicle depot at Wallmannstal Pretoria last week.

SANDF members continue to help storm and fire victims

SANDF members continue to help storm and fire victims

The government says the South African Air Force is on standby to help firefighting efforts in Knysna in the Western Cape.

SANDF Soldiers called to help in #KnysnaFire

SANDF Soldiers called to help in #KnysnaFire

Four people have been killed as a result of the blaze and ten thousand people have been evacuated from their homes.

SA soldiers deployment to CAR in 2013 may be linked to Gupta business

SA soldiers deployment to CAR in 2013 may be linked to Gupta business

Stephen Grootes spoke to Sandu's Pikkie Greef about Gupta email leaks linking the family to 2013 mission where SA soldiers died.

Popular articles
I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Madzonga, who claims innocence and that Chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi lied to him.

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

The Rosslyn plant makes 15 BMW X3 SUVs per hour for export around the world. Bruce Whitfield interviews BMW SA's, Tim Abbott.

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

Here we go again… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa Connected Host Lee Kasumba.

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Recession? What recession? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pick n Pay CEO, Richard Brasher.

Support for #CherlyZondi as she wraps up her testimony against Tim Omotoso

Support for #CherlyZondi as she wraps up her testimony against Tim Omotoso

Wits Institute For Social Economic Research research associate Lisa Vetten looks at how witnesses cope on the witness stand.

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Discussions between Sanral, and the Ministers of Finance and Transport have apparently reached an advanced stage.

'The EFF presser was about blaming Pravin Gordhan'

'The EFF presser was about blaming Pravin Gordhan'

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela gives a summary of what came out of the EFF presser.

'Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort'

'Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort'

Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative spokesperson Russel Baloyi talks about racism in the community.