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South Africa as peace enforcer – SANDF experiences in CAR and DRC

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In 2015 the South African Parliament finalised the long-awaited new defence review. This document had been a long time in the making and was the result of more than four years of intensive work by the members of the Defence Review Committee. The recommendations open up for an extensive transformation of the armed forces and reflect the lessons learned from South Africa’s participation in international PSO since the transition from apartheid in 1994. This article focusses on the influences and experiences of the SANDF following its involvement in the UN missions in the DRC and the strengthened training mission in the CAR that ended with the battle of Bangui with the SELEKA rebel movement in March 2013. What lessons has the SANDF learned from these operations, and how has this influenced South Africa’s view upon and involvement in the African Standby Force and the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC)? The article shows that whilst South Africa has used its armed forces effectively in shaping and creating a new dominant role in Africa after apartheid, this policy is changing, and South Africa is now reducing its engagements in international peace missions. There seems to be a move away from the idea of African solidarity and that South Africa has a responsibility to play a constructive and active role in conflict management and prevention in Africa to a focus on national security and national interests. With the dominant role played by South Africa in setting up the ACIRC it seems that the South African military and political leadership foresees a future where the SANDF will be involved in robust intervention and enforcement type operations.
Period01/01/2017 → …

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