Thursday, June 20, 2024

Debating on Africa’s military spending

Southern Africa was the epicenter of military spending in the 1980s and 90s as Frontline States were doing much to match the power of the powerful neighbor to the south. South Africa was such a huge military complex and their government had invested billions of dollars in military hardware.

After their achievement of independence in 1994, the ANC combatants came to see for the first time what they were really up against. In 1996 when I was in Thabatswana, the military hub of South Africa outside of Pretoria, the ANC cadres that were in the tour with us came to admit that indeed they were far from winning the war militarily.

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