It is not surprising that the failure by former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota and his deputy Mluleki George to transform the defence force left many middle and senior SANDF members aggrieved.
Findings by the auditor-general led to a qualified audit as a result of the SANDF's failure to advance historically disadvantaged people in the army. We did not know then that Lekota allowed his narrow-minded, selfish understanding of affirmative action (AA) to deprive hundreds of people of benefits with regard to promotion and recruitment practices.
The birth of Cope has exposed how cruel Lekota can be when given unchecked authority. The SANDF is one of the most untransformed national departments because of his incompetence and naivety of AA and black economic empowerment.
These are corrective measures of historical inequalities which empowered one race at the expense of the Black majority, particularly Africans.
How can Cope defend and advance our democracy when they want to undo what the Constitution provides? Why should AA and BEE go simply because Lekota and his ilk are now filthy rich and affirmed? The real Congress of the People (ANC) should never agree to this anti-revolutionary stance.
Risenga Maruma, Tshwane