- Apr 25, 2010
Perhaps, but now is not the time to be debating this. The army is needed to provide manpower to an understaffed SAPS. This will hopefully be the catalyst to sorting out our law enforcement issues...I would hesitate to demand the army. Yes I can see the rational for it, but in the grand scheme of [democratic] governments its just that historically continuous military intervention tends to lead to an erosion of liberties, in the worst case resulting in military assisted authoritarian rule or a coup. Although too late to be implemented, there should have been far heavier policing in terms of man power deployed and fire power available (water canon, tear gas), of course continuous heavy handed policing tends to lead to having a police state.