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Should every country have the US as a template on who should do what? I gave examples of the Irish and French Defence ministers not having any military experience, one has a farming degree the other economicsDon't they both look after the respective armies of their countries? I'd kind of say they are similar.
Except she's a primary school teacher with zero experience and he's clearly got what it needs to succeed.
Maybe you should fact check yourself before responding.Maybe you need a reminder of South African history and war of the last 100 years?
Angolan / Mozambican War
Suggest you go read your history...
Our Ministers of health have always been doctors, the government has never preferred a former military officer as a Defence Minister, General Siphiwe Nyanda was made a Minister of something else, I am sure they have their reasons for that.
Agreed. I think you and I will be better off for it.As I have already said our previous Finance Ministers were not finance people, If you want to make a point about appointing Ministers qualified in the applicable field it is fair enough,
You brought up the US minister of agriculture?wanting to use some other government s a standard could also be fair enough if that government was consistent in applying the standard.
I think it is exactly that, it's a matter of keeping the Defence force neutral and independent from politics, that's why it was a bad idea to have a politician being a Police Commissioner, it just blurs the lines.Side question, could those reasons include crony-ism and or a fear of a military coop?
Agreed. I think you and I will be better off for it.
You brought up the US minister of agriculture?
I gave an example in our own government, but more for the point of being qualified
Should every country have the US as a template on who should do what? I gave examples of the Irish and French Defence ministers not having any military experience, one has a farming degree the other economics
I think it is exactly that, it's a matter of keeping the Defence force neutral and independent from politics, that's why it was a bad idea to have a politician being a Police Commissioner, it just blurs the lines.
An infantry corporal probably wouldn't have the education or training to explain it to a civilian MP. Part of the requirement being a four-star general should be the ability to interact and explain military concepts to civilian politicians.
Plenty of countries don't always choose ex-soldiers as Defence Minters, UK for example.
UK Minister of Defence - Ben Wallace - he served as a Captain of the Scots Guard. The two previous ministers had no military experience. Penny Mordaunt studied Drama, Gavin Williamson did a social science degree.
I believe that the US actually has a rule that the Defence Secretary should not have served in the military for a certain period before taking the job. Congress waives it when asked, but the idea was to prevent generals moving over into the post.
Never judge a person by the work they do.this, its like comparing Einstein with a petrol station attendant, different worlds entirely.
just goes to show you to be a minister of ANYTHING, all you really need is to be black and related in someway, shape or form to somebody important in the ANC.
nobody cares if you can/cant do your job, nobody checks if you show up to work, nobody cares if you know anything.
all that's important is your black (not hard) and your related to somebody in the ANC (can be tricky)
and yes, you too can be a "elite" minster or part of their entourage.