Wepener Commando emblem
|Part of||South African Infantry Corps|
Army Territorial Reserve
With the Orange Free State Republic
During the Basotho Wars
During the Anglo Boer War
The commando was involved in the Anglo Boer War most notable being:
- the battle of Biddulphberg in 1900.
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 used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police.
The unit was also used for border protection with Lesotho.
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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|1900||Commandant Paul Roux||nd|
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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. Retrieved 5 March 2015.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- "About the Commando system". 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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