Army’s murderous recklessness
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.