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S8 In many of South Africa's towns and cities white women have been organised into groups which knit, sew and cook for'the boys,. sv The SADF has placed considerable emphasis on the mobilisation of white women into support roles for husbands, sons Here in our Southern land Free as the winds o'er our plains and our mountains Free from oppressor's hand. Dark are the forces that menace our country Frontier and city and farm. 4e - 'The Boys on the Border' Civilian support groups, fundraising organisations, private companies and voluntary organisations have been drawn into SADF schemes to build support for the apartheid war effort and for 'the boys on the border'.

See TableVIII) This constitut-es 71 SADF and the South West Africa Territory Force, and less than two per cent of the total less than ten per cent of the standing operational force of the strength of the apartheid military forces.

A6 In the same month, a black journalist wai ricruited to write an article in Paratus arguing that the SADF was 'fostering harmonious race relations. . [us] one of the first government departments to welcome blacks in its ranks without considering race, colour or creed. 'Describing the SADF as 'a willing friend, an educationalist and a defender of the interests of the black people' and 'a great friend of the various homelands in South Africa', the article concluded that 'the welfare of the blacks is top priority within the defence force' .

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