I am updating this post to smother my sensitive premature post about mercenaries.
Lets take 32 Battalion in this recent story by the BBC.
The largely white South African Defence Force was backed by the Americans and British to fight a war in Angola against the (Cuban) communists, backed by the Soviets.
Many young South Africans were out there fighting in the bush, gaining years of experience.
The war sort of ended only in 1989. Just a couple of years later all these South African battalions were effectively disbanded.
SADF veterans are out of work. So some of them form a company supplying a demand to security services such as protecting oil fields for companies such as BP.
So are there any surprises when several south africans get caught on a plane on another job in the interest of companies who want to exploit Africa’s natural resources?