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Title:Securitising humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa: a critical review of South Africa's new defence policy
Author:Heleta, SavoISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:defence policy
armed forces
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2015.1124794
Abstract:The 'South African Defence Review 2014' is the country's new defence policy. The 'Review', which is expected to steer South African defence policymaking for the next few decades, discusses in detail the role of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in peace missions in Africa and proposes the direct involvement of the country's soldiers in both military and civilian tasks, from peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance, post-conflict reconstruction and development. This paper contains a critical review of the 'Review' with regard to South Africa's envisaged contribution to regional and continental peace and stability. It is argued that humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction should not be securitised and that the SANDF should only be tasked with peacekeeping and the establishment of stability and security in fragile in-conflict and post-conflict settings. The humanitarian work should be left to humanitarian and aid agencies, while reconstruction and development should be left to organisations such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development, continental and international development organisations, and local actors. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]