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TRC Final Report

Page Number (Original) 422

Paragraph Numbers 82 to 83

Volume 2

Chapter 5

Subsection 13

Homeland armies

82 Like their police counterparts, the independent armies of the TBVC homelands also increased in size from their humble beginnings in the late 1970s. However, as the following tables show, homeland armies generally enjoyed less person-power and financial resources than their colleagues in the police did.

Size of TBVC armies relative to homeland police forces, 1990 estimates

83 In total, thus, the homeland armies were quite small, never exceeding 11 000 soldiers. In comparison the SADF contained over 100 000 members in the mid-1980s.

Defence budgets of the independent homelands (in rands)
Source: South African Institute of Race Relations Annual Surveys

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