Take part in defence review – Sisulu

2012-04-12 13:30

The current defence policy has become out-dated and irrelevant, creating the need for a new progressive policy, Minister of Defence Lindiwe Sisulu said.

Receiving a draft report from the defence review committee in Pretoria, Sisulu today said yesterday’s event marked the beginning of an intense public consultative phase to get further input.

“The draft is open for comments and proposals and from now on, the committee will be engaging with the broader South African society to draw the best possible consensus on the future defence trajectory.”

“Participation of South Africans will be critical and key stakeholders, including the defence force, partners and communities will be consulted,” she said.

She said the committee was mandated to draft a policy which would be supportive of government priorities, a policy that would be responsive to the country’s developmental requirements.

The previous review, adopted in 1998, was preoccupied with the integration of both the statutory and non-statutory armed forces following the negotiated transition of 1994, said Sisulu.

Chairperson of the independent review committee, Roelf Meyer, said the current review took a new view of the role of the defence force under a new time period.

“We are working from the point of establishing new goals for the national defence force, including tasks flowing from those goals,” he said.

The strategic goals set out in the draft report include safeguarding of South Africa and all citizens through securing borders and prioritising support for the police service.

A number of consultative events have been lined up, starting with the committee’s meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on April 18.

The report would be accessible on the committee’s website and interaction would also take place on social networks – Facebook and Twitter.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.