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Solly Moeng | Spokespeople have a lot of power - they should be scrutinised

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For time immemorial, countless men and women have been choosing between the public interest; and service to, and defence of, their employers.

The examples occur across the spectrum: Soldiers have participated in wars they did not necessarily believe in; there are horror stories of the perpetration of violence under duress, or out of fear. 

Some of the soldiers arrested following the Holocaust in Germany later defended their actions by arguing that they were simply doing their job. The same has been heard following apartheid South Africa – even when those jobs involved carrying out acts that violated human rights and did not serve the public interest.

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