The country has a chance to fall out of love with its expensive army

17 May 2020 - 00:00

The deployment of almost the entire defence force to help the police maintain law and order seems, surprisingly, to have provoked a muted public response. Granted, these are extraordinary circumstances, but the largest internal deployment of the military in peacetime is a concern.

Given the role the military has played in our history, one would have expected a public outcry. In Africa the military has had a debilitating effect, carrying out coups, suppressing democratic forces and generally denying people their right to freedom...

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