What image does one have when 1 Military Hospital is mentioned? Top rate medial facility, probably the best in the country. That’s what I would have thought, until I read this Mail and Guardian report on 1 Military Hospital. Now I wonder? Is the country’s flagship hospital in the same state of disrepair as the rest of the country? What a shame.
The Direct Democracy Forum cannot imagine the circumstances under which an emergency communications system in an elite hospital escapes repair over two years but that would not happen under a DDF administration. The DDF would make sure that the skills and resources needed are made available to make every state medical facility fully functional. View the DDF health care policies for a glimpse of what is possible.
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What are South African troops doing in the Central African Republic?
More to the point, assuming a legitimate reason for being there, what idiot sends 200 (or is it 400?) troops into what is essentially a war zone, without adequate logistical support, including a workable exit strategy in case the wheels fall off? Must be a politician who did that. No self respecting military leader who had ever heard of Hitler or Napoleon would do it.
Then there is the question of whether a legitimate reason even exists and whether the requirements of the constitution have been met regarding the deployment of SA troops on foreign soil. The debate continues here. The ANC are doing their best to justify this exercise but not, we think, to the satisfaction of South Africa’s citizens, and certainly not to the Direct Democracy Forum’s satisfaction. Just another thing to be answered for.
A DDF administration would be happy to train the military of any democratic country with a legitimate government in place, but it would do so on South African soil, not foreign soil, and if we ever sent advisors to a foreign country they would be just that, advisors, few in number and without a gun between them, not combat troops numbered in their hundreds.
See DDF policy on defence and the military
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