The Presidential Years

On at least two occasions I remember briefing the Cabinet when I was the chief of the army and chief of defence force. I remember the last time I saw them was about 1983 and I said to them that day that ‘The South African Defence Force is very strong, we can carry on for a very long time provided you are prepared to support the idea but’, I said to them, ‘this kind of war is not a military war, the final victory must be sought on the political side’. And I said to the Cabinet, ‘Every year that you wait to come to some sort of agreement with black nationalism towards finding a new way . . we will miss the bus’.