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Pretoria's Praetorians: Civil-Military Relations in South Africa
Pretoria's Praetorians: Civil-Military Relations in South Africa
By Philip H. Frankel
Cambridge University Press, 1985, 215 pp
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A lecturer at South Africa's University of Witswatersrand takes a long look at changes in civil-military relations in South Africa since the accession to power of former Defense Minister P.W. Botha and the assertion of a "Total Strategy" to counter a "Total [communist] Onslaught." In the most interesting section of the book, Frankel hypothesizes that as the army (by demographic necessity) becomes increasingly black, it may become the most thoroughly integrated institution in the country. He does not, however, see the military as potential reformers, and despite their growing power to influence decision-making, he argues that within the present context they will be bound by the power of other elites.