Kommandokorps

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Kommandokorps is an Afrikaner survivalist group active in South Africa.[1] The leader is Franz Jooste, who served with the South African Defence Force during the apartheid era.[2]

The group organises paramilitary camps, which are attended by youths between the ages of 13 and 19.[1] The teenagers are taught self-defence and how to combat a perceived black enemy.[2] Following an infantry-style curriculum, they are lectured on racial differences, such as a claim that black people had a smaller cerebral cortex than whites, and are made to use a South African flag as a doormat.[1] The camp is located in the veld outside the town of Carolina, Mpumalanga, about 230 km east of Johannesburg.[3]

The group has been criticised by the Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum.[1] The Democratic Alliance called for the group to be closed, and its activities investigated by the Human Rights Commission.[4] A group of Kommandokorps volunteers attended the funeral of the former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terreblanche.[5] In 2011, the group signed a saamstaanverdrag (unity pact) with the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and the Suidlanders, a small whites-only group.[3]

“Fatherland” is a full-length documentary produced and directed by Tarryn Lee Crossman that explores the experiences of young men in the Kommandokorps camps.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Kommandokorps denies racism". News24. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Afrikaner Blood". World Press Photo. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Inside the kommando camp that turns boys' doubts to hate". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kommandokorps: Should racist thought be criminalised?". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "South Africa: a separate homeland for Afrikaners?". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Controversial documentary explores South Africa’s KK camps". Euronews. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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