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Title:Compensating military veterans in South Africa: what if we cannot pay the bill?
Authors:Heinecken, Lindy
Bwalya, HenriettaISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2012.752396
Abstract:This article outlines the widespread needs of South African military veterans and the possible consequences if the promises made in the recent Military Veterans Act are not met. The first part of the article defines who generally qualifies as a military veteran, how they are typically compensated in various countries with specific reference to neighbouring southern African countries, and what the consequences are when veterans become disenchanted with the State. The second part focuses on South Africa and the recent debates on military veterans and their entitlements. With reference to the findings of a qualitative study conducted among military veterans, parliamentary debates and media reports, an assessment is made of the demands and affordability of promised benefits and the consequences should the State not deliver. The conclusion is reached that heightened expectations are presently frustrated by slow roll-outs, and this is likely to increase the possibility of protest action. This has now the potential to create further tension within the ruling party and civil society, as the pressure on public finances mounts and demands become unsustainable. The effect this may have on political stability will depend on how the government manages this issue. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]