Source: Eye Witness News EWN
South Africa Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu proposed the establishment of what she called a “constitution for defence”.
Sisulu made the proposal at a meeting of the defence policy review committee in Cape Town on Thursday.
The committee helps to draw up defence policies.
Sisulu said a constitution for defence would for the first time in South Africa’s history outline the state’s obligation to the armed forces and vice versa.
She was careful in explaining it would not negate the role of the military as defined in the constitution.
Sisulu emphasised the new document would also articulate the expectations of the military in humanitarian efforts carried out in Africa.
Sisulu said the last defence review was carried out in 1998.
She said it was obviously outdated and must be overhauled as South Africa and Africa have new security threats.
By Regan Thaw
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)