- A FEINSTEIN, P HOLDEN AND H VAN VUUREN
The Arms Deal was a uniquely damaging moment in our young democratic history. It was concluded after decades of uncontrolled spending on foreign and internal wars by the apartheid regime. From the signing of the contracts in 1999 up to R70 billion of public money continues to be spent on weapons of questionable utility. The country was not and is not facing any meaningful military threat. But rather the most pressing problems that faced us then as they do now are inequality, poverty and unemployment. By ANDREW FEINSTEIN, PAUL HOLDEN AND HENNIE VAN VUUREN.