The Executive and the Military in South Africa During the Zuma Presidency

  • Jo-Ansie van WykEmail author


The relationship between the political Executive, especially during President Jacob Zuma’s tenure, and the military in post-apartheid South Africa is relatively under-researched. Despite commitments to sound civilian oversight, the Executive has been able to maintain ideological and political control over the military and the ruling party’s military wing. Against the aforesaid, the chapter intends to analyse Executive–military relations in South Africa, the Executive’s use of the military for political and private use, the role of the ruling party’s armed wing, accusations against the military of misconduct in border protection, rhino horn smuggling and misconduct during United Nations peacekeeping operations, and the state of the South African military. The purpose is to determine the military’s role in the ongoing democratisation process in South Africa.


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  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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