Warwick’s take on ECC at odds with history
RODNEY Warwick has provided an idiosyncratic take on the ECC in his opinion piece published in your pages (Weekend Argus, November 14). Sadly there is no evidence in the article that he has familiarised himself with the organisation. It broadcasts his ignorance.
Based on some anecdotal conversations with students who may or may not have had anything to do with the ECC, Warwick is convinced the ECC was blind to the moral realities of violence in South Africa. Ignored is that the ECC did not have individual members, but was a broad front of organisations that included the churches and the Black Sash. Most decried violence in all its forms, but in the ECC (a single-issue campaign) they intentionally focused on the violence that young white men were conscripted into.
There is also evidence of confused logic. For example, Warwick argues that the organisation never really understood the military culture of the SADF because it was “top heavy with women members”.
He seems to think mothers, wives, girlfriends and sisters were too detached to figure out the meaning of conscription to the apartheid military.
He is entitled to his opinion, of course. But it seems to be one remarkably at odds with the historical record as captured in the TRC hearings, and the reflections of countless troepies. Visit the South African Historical Archive at www.saha.org.za