Army’s mur­der­ous reck­less­ness

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

ROD­NEY War­wick’s ar­ti­cle on the ECC refers. I was one of “the few men” who re­fused mil­i­tary ser­vice and was im­pris­oned in de­ten­tion bar­racks at Voortrekker­hoogte and Tempe.

For a year (1980) I ex­pe­ri­enced “the com­plex­ity of mil­i­tary cul­ture and its un­de­ni­able unique at­trac­tion to a cer­tain kind of man”. My view was “un­bal­anced” when I went in, and I can as­sure you noth­ing that I ob­served there changed my mind.

The ECC as an or­gan­i­sa­tion never sup­ported vi­o­lence, or con­doned vi­o­lence from what­ever quar­ter. We de­lib­er­ately chose a strat­egy of non-vi­o­lence be­cause that em­bod­ied the kind of so­ci­ety we were work­ing for.

War­wick fails to con­demn the mur­der­ous reck­less­ness of the SADF (see John Deegan’s ev­i­dence to the TRC hear­ing on con­scrip­tion, June 30, 1997) or of apartheid it­self, so I draw the same con­clu­sion he did af­ter talk­ing to the lefty woman at UCT, that he con­doned and sup­ported it. Shame on him.

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