The South African defence industry and the new thinking on security

"The idea of adopting a new approach to the way security is thought about in the region raises a number of questions with regard to the future of the South African Defence Industry (SADI). These arise, not only because of deep-seated fears based on recent historical experiences in the region, but also with respect to what part the industry can play given the changes in the regional and international security environment which have encouraged the South African Development Community (SADC) member states to work towards a security community. The very existence of SADI raises some tough policy questions, given its inherently contradictory capacity to destabilise the region while at the same time enhancing regional security by strengthening regional defence capabilities. Thus, in addition to the making of tough policy choices, the development of suitable institutional mechanisms is necessary before SADI can play a positive role."