Vrede Commando emblem
|Part of||South African Infantry Corps|
Army Territorial Reserve
With the Orange Free State Republic
This Commando was involved in the following:
- The battle of Rietfontein took place on 24 October 1899 between six commandos of the Free State Army commanded by General A Piet Cronje and a British Flying Column dispatched from Ladysmith under the command of Sir George White.
The Free State forces consisted of the following commandos:
- Harrismith Commando,
- Kroonstad Commando,
- Winburg Commando,
- Bethlehem Commando,
- Vrede Commando and
- Heilbron Commando.
With the UDF
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
During this era the Commando was mainly tasked with area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control to the rural police.
The unit resorted under the command of Group 24.
With the SANDF
This unit, along with all other Commando units was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units. 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.
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- 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)
- "About the Commando system". Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- de Lange, Deon. "South Africa: Commandos Were 'Hostile to New SA'". Cape Argus. Retrieved 5 March 2015. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter
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