#YouShouldCareAbout allegations against the SA Army

According to a report by Graeme Hosken in The Times: “South African soldiers on United Nations peacekeeping missions are the world’s worst military sexual predators.” This is kind of a big deal, and you really should care about it.

The SA military has been labeled as the worst "sex-pests" on UN missions. PICTURE: www.army.mil.za
The SA military has been labeled as the worst “sex-pests” on UN missions.
PICTURE: http://www.army.mil.za

You see, the South African Army is involved in various missions across the African continent. On some of those, they are part of UN forces and teams. They are caught up in warfare and violence — yet according to a report [.pdf at the bottom of this post] published in May, and republished in mid-June, our soldiers have had more substantiated claims of “sexual exploitation and abuse” against them than any other nation between 2010 and 2013 [page 13 of the report].

The military has questioned the report, and Pikkie Greeff, SA National Defence Union general secretary, told The Times in a follow-up story: “Though the figures are concerning they are ‘minuscule’, representing less than 0.5% of 28 000 SANDF [SA National Defense Force] peacekeepers deployed since South Africa first began peacekeeping in 2001.”

This is something you’ll probably want to keep an eye on.

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