Quaggapoort Commando

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Quaggapoort Commando
SADF era Quaggapoort Commando emblem.jpg
Quaggapoort Commando emblem
Country South Africa
Allegiance
Branch
TypeInfantry
RoleLight Infantry
SizeOne Battalion
Part ofSouth African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve
Garrison/HQQuaggapoort, Northern Pretoria

Quaggapoort Commando was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

Operations[edit]

With the SADF[edit]

During this era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police.

With the SANDF[edit]

Amalgamation[edit]

Over the years several commando units and regiments, such as Hillcrest, Munitoria, Regiments Pretorius as well as 2 Regiment Noord-Transvaal were amalgamated with Regiment Schanskop.

SANDF History of Tshwane Regiment

In December 2002, the name "Tshwane Regiment" was approved to be in line with the area where the Regiment is situated.

Disbandment[edit]

The remaining commando units not amalgamated into the new Army Reserve were disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.[1][2] 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.[3]

Insignia[edit]

SADF era Quaggapoort Commando insignia

Leadership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "About the Commando system". Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  3. ^ 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)

See also[edit]