WHILE South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, soldiers from the different units have spent the time trying to rebuild their lives, sometimes without success.
The soldiers, some of whom spent most of their adult lives in exile, have since 1994 been trying to find a place in society.
Liberation armies including Umkhonto weSizwe and the Azanian People’s Liberation Army, and the pre-1994 South African Defence Force were disbanded in 1994 and the current South African National Defence Force was formed. Former Umkhonto weSizwe regional commissioner Sandile Manase, 65, said soldiers who were involved in the struggle had spent the last 20 years trying to build new lives for themselves, as they could not go back to their old ones. – Thulani Gqirana
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