Krugersdorp Commando

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Krugersdorp Commando
SADF era Krugersdorp Commando emblem.jpg
Krugersdorp Commando emblem
Country South Africa
RoleLight infantry
SizeOne battalion
Part ofSouth African Infantry Corps
South African Army Territorial Reserve
EngagementsSecond Boer War

Krugersdorp Commando or Kommando was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It was active as a part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.

Unit history[edit]


The Krugersdorp Commando, was formed in 1898.

With the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek[edit]

War against the Magato and Mpefu[edit]
Anglo Boer War[edit]

During the Anglo Boer War, this commando was involved in the following engagements:

  • rearguard for Dundee
  • Battle of Elandslaagte
  • Battle of Modderspruit
  • Battle of Colenso capturing General Buller's artillery
  • Battle for Pietershoogte

During the guerilla phase of the war in the Western Transvaal, this commando was also involved in:

  • Battle of Vlakfontein
  • Battle of Moedswil
  • Battle of Driefontein
  • Battle of Yzerspruit
  • Battle of Tweebosch
  • Battle of Boschbult and
  • Battle of Roodewal

The battle of Nooitgedacht in the Krugersdorp area could have been a complete route had the Boers not stopped to plunder the British camp.[1]

With the UDF[edit]

By 1902 all Commando remnants were under British military control and disarmed.

By 1912, however previous Commando members could join shooting associations.

By 1940, such commandos were under control of the National Reserve of Volunteers.

These commandos were formally reactivated by 1948.

With the SADF[edit]

During this era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordones and stock theft control assistance to the rural police.

The unit resorted under the command of the SADF's Group 17.

With the SANDF[edit]


Krugersdorp Commando along with all other Commando units was disbanded in the 1990s after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all existing Commando Units.[2][3] The Commando system was phased out between 2003 and 2008 "because of the role it played in the apartheid era", according to the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula.[4]

Unit Insignia[edit]

SADF era Krugersdorp Commando insignia


From Honourary Colonels To
From Commanding Officers To
1989 Lt Col Charles Betts (MBE) 2003
From Regimental Sergeants Major To

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Col L B van Stade, Senior Staff Officer Rationalisation, SANDF (1997). "Rationalisation in the SANDF: The Next Challenge". Institute for Security Studies. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2015.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "About the Commando system". Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  4. ^ de Lange, Deon. "South Africa: Commandos Were 'Hostile to New SA'". Cape Argus. Retrieved 5 March 2015. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)