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Soldiers Without Politics: Blacks in the South African Armed Forces
Soldiers Without Politics: Blacks in the South African Armed Forces
By Kenneth W. Grundy
University of California Press, 1983, 302 pp

The blacks in South Africa's Defense Forces-now totalling about eight or nine percent-appear to constitute one cutting edge of a developing government policy of cooptation. In this study, a noted expert on southern Africa takes a close look at their recruitment, training and service in Namibia and the homelands, and their relation to the police (who are now about 50 percent black). Evidently skeptical about the prospect of the black soldiers' loyalty in a large-scale black-white conflict, he focuses instead on the question of the army's role as a paradigm of racial integration and equality, which he sees as being very far from the reality.