I did my National Service in 1991/ 1992 at 21 SAI Lenasia and apart from the officer core the whole unit was black.
During 1991 the then SADF started with the integration of the historical freedom fighter military units into the SADF.
I kicked off with 50 recruits to my platoon and by mid 1992 when I left there were 32 fully trained and efficient infantrymen left in my platoon, they were trained in both COIN Urban and Rural warfare. I have worked with both whites and blacks in operational situation and to me there was very little difference between the them, the only difference could be marksmanship.
From 50 to 32:
3 X KIA (two was shot by corrupt riot control policemen and one by a gang) Training was reletively easy since most of them has undergone some sort of military training before, we brought a lot of structure and discipline to them which made them even more efficient in their respective roles.
5 X AIDS (accordingto some recent repots it remains the greatest threat to our armed forces)
8 X Fell off the wagon
2 X Deserters
There was a crminal element at the time which were involved in bank robberies etc. and I believe that those elements are responsible for the hi level of cash intransit hijacking we have in ZA.
There are a couple of problems in the SANDF:
Sick leave - According to sme report we hit a record low a couple of months ago wih more than 30% of the SANDF on sick leave