The South African government is one of its own or should I say “special”. We live in a country where criminals have more rights than the victims and to top it all the victims pay for the luxury lives of criminals. We established that we are a very violent country to the vulnerable let alone the helpless. Soldiers died and we blame the government, it is the government’s fault, yes, everything is the government’s fault.
Soldiers get sworn in when they take up the job. Fact remains most of our soldiers are from disadvantaged families and after getting their matric, being a soldier is the closest thing to being guaranteed a “good” job. Most of them do not realize what they are getting themselves into until they are deep in it and they feel like there is no other way, bills will not pay themselves. All they know is the fact that there is no war in SA right now and from where they are their lives and wellbeings are not in any kind of threat until they are sent to one of the rough and war stricken African countries.
One of my good friends (former soldier) wrote this, “It is so sad that not everyone will understand how the defence force works, only military personnel, now that soldiers died on what they get paid for or trained to do, questions are coming, like why are there no white troops sent to CAR. 80% of SA soldiers are hungry for deployment, they are not forced and some even pay a fee just to be deployed in order to better their financial situations or to enrich themselves financially. There were times when civilians said military personnel are paid for loitering around doing nothing. At this point they performed what they are trained for and that is killing and unfortunately you can’t just kill and not be killed and that’s what war and soldiers are being trained for. Civilians are now complaining as to why did they send or keep our defence force in CAR. Basically people, media and those who are illiterate in this specific field will forever complain. I salute our defence force; they fought against +3800 rebels. Yes, we lost 13 brave soldiers, the questions is, how many rebels died in that nine hours, my guess is more than 1800”.
That is what he said, he served the force for more than 10years, and I asked the question why our soldiers were sent there with only one medic? Unfortunately I still don’t have an answer to that. I agree with him to a certain level but it doesn’t change the fact that after the gun fight, people who sent them there did not think of recalling them immediately. Our own Prez said, “We will not recall our soldiers from CAR and we shall not disclose our military strategies to the world”. I stand to be corrected. Later when he finally recalled them after the meeting or should I say the summit he attended in CAR, little do I know what was said there to finally make our Prez aware that it is time but something was definitely said. The President has faced a lot of criticism in this mission, oh well, it is not his only criticism and I don’t think they really make him shake in his boots at all. He had gained some sort of confidence lately and I don’t think I like it.
My question is who is the hypocrite between the Prez and us as the nation? We didn’t say anything when our troops were sent there because what we knew was that they were there to train CAR soldiers, I think only a few of us even knew about them being at CAR, the rest didn’t know and we didn’t care much as no one said anything. The moment they were killed, eyebrows were raised and we started to wonder. We know a lot of money is spent on our defence force every year but we didn’t know the extent of the danger that our soldiers are succumbed into. I have little knowledge of this but SA is a very naïve and very very very democratic country but do we really have to involve ourselves and citizens in what I think is something that is none of our business? That is just me trying to be ignorant, if there is any kind of economic benefit between us and CAR, well; it will be looted by our corrupt officials, why risk innocent lives? Oops!!!!!