Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prisoners of War

This posting was inspired by a small incident, -- the details of which I will reveal at the end of this article. I’ve noticed from the FeedJit Stats on this blog that most of my visitors are from abroad and not from South Africa. It is purely for this reason that I’ve decided to remind my overseas readers that my country, South Africa, was once embroiled in a fierce and brutal war against a growing Marxist-Communist threat. I do realize that some foreign visitors to this blog were once dedicated citizens of this country and that many were actively involved in the military forces of that time, and probably do not want to be reminded of those events. This article however, is not about the South African Border War or war prisoners in its true sense, but for the sake of completeness, I feel it is necessary to provide the following concise history lesson:

The South African Border War - A Concise History for Dummies

Although there were four main separate military forces in action during those times namely, the South African Defence Force (SADF), Airforce, Navy and the Police, I will only give a brief account of the SADF’s involvement.

This war was also known as the Namibian War of Independence, and refers to the conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan government, South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies – mainly the Soviet Union and Cuba – on the other.

In the early 1960s the Soviet Union initiated agendas of military aid, training and financial support for selected insurgent groups in Southern Africa. In the middle of the 1970’s they also employed their own mercenaries in the Cuban troops, which allowed the Soviets to intervene without too much finger-pointing from the West. During the Border War the Soviet-backed troops were equipped with the most modern Soviet weaponry. The Soviet Union shipped heavy armaments into Angola, which included jet fighters, tanks, helicopter-gunships, air defence missiles, radar and numerous vehicles.

In all conventional battles, during the Border War, Fapla/Cuban troops always outgunned SADF's troops and the SADF never had equal or superior numbers to the enemy. Angolan airspace became classified as the most hostile airspace in the world, with Soviet-backed forces having total air superiority for virtually the whole war.

Many journalists of that time referred to some SADF war equipment as 'vintage' and/or 'obsolete'. The SADF also used armoured cars more often than tanks against Fapla/Cuban tanks. Unlike a T54/55 tank, which had built-in stabilizers and were able to fire on the move, the South African Ratel, like the other armoured cars, could only fire from a static position. Each enemy T-55 and T-62 required multiple shots from the Ratel's 90 mm guns to disable it, and this had to be done at point-blank range.

There was only one factor that tipped the scales in the SADF's favour, and that was the Common South African Soldier!

Major Laurence Maree, second-in-command of 61 Mech, told the British journalist and author, Fred Bridgland, after the Battle of Lomba River:

"I can't tell you how much courage it takes in a Ratel driver and gunner when a tank is charging towards them to summon up the will to stop still for long enough to stabilise their firing platform and get their round off. Of course, as soon as they'd fired, off they sprinted like Turbo-charged hares. One of our guys died that afternoon facing down a T-55 in his Ratel. A 100 mm shell from the tank skipped up from the sandy ground and went right through the turret. The Ratel commander was terribly wounded and he died later. We had two others very seriously wounded that day, and another three with light wounds. The medics just pulled the shrapnel out of those who were slightly hurt, cleaned up the wounds, and they went straight back into combat. "

Despite the fact that the South African Defence Force (SADF) and its fearless soldiers proved to be a superpower in Africa, it was never the intention to conquer any African State. The war was purely an exercise of self-defence, nothing more and nothing less! Obviously the act of self-defence in wartime required the gathering of intelligence, hence the reason why the Recce Commando Units were employed on foreign soil as far north as Cabinda in northern Angola. These missions were conducted purely to confirm the existence of ANC and SWAPO terrorist bases and to prove that they were being used as Soviet training camps from which insurgents returned to South Africa to commit acts of violence and murder, often against their own race of people.

During the First and Second World Wars, South African soldiers fought for the British, French and American causes, but when South Africa came under attack these same countries turned a blind eye and sided with Soviet supported terrorists, granting vast financial aid to the Marxist revolutionaries who were murdering the citizens of South Africa. Stories of the Border War as well as various accounts of betrayal and deceit have been well documented, but few online publications have given such a brilliant condensed report of the betrayal as the article called, "The Battle for South Africa” compiled by Dr Peter Hammond. Do yourself a favour and read this short and excellent essay.

The SADF only retreated when their leaders gave the final order. The last remaining Defense Force convoy crossed the Namibian/South Africa border on 30 June 1989, one day before the deadline imposed by the United Nations. The entire withdrawal of troops took five months to complete, so it doesn’t look as if they were running for their lives! For many soldiers returning home it must have felt like “Mission Complete!” Unbeknown to them and the majority of South African citizens the true nature of the grand-scale betrayal only hit home a few years later when democracy was introduced.

Incidentally, Angola continued with its civil war long after the SADF withdrew troops from the country. The Angolan Civil War finally ended in 2002, eight years after South Africa’s first democratic elections in April 1994, --- the end of the so-called “Apartheid Regime”.

It is an appalling state of affairs that today the South African ruling party in this country actively endorses and promotes the image that the “Apartheid Regime” was defeated in military battles. These arrogant Marxists (bastards) have completely forgotten that it was the leaders of the United States and their own buddies in Moscow who decided that Cuban troops will be withdrawn from Angola, and Soviet military aid would cease, as soon as South Africa withdrew from Namibia. South Africa also agreed to hand control of Namibia to the United Nations after a tripartite agreement was signed between Angola, Cuba and South Africa. How does one hand control of a country over to someone else if you didn’t occupy it in the first place?

Where are the Prisoners of War?

With the exception of Wynand du Toit, a Captain in the Recce 4 Commando Unit who was captured by FAPLA soldiers while on a reconnaissance mission in Northern Angola, the Soviet-backed forces have been unable to show the international press any other South African prisoners of war, and neither has there been any outcry from families complaining about hundreds of missing kids. Quite remarkable I would think considering that the war carried on for almost 23 years! The story concerning Captain du Toit’s capture can be read online here on a web forum. (The website containing the original quote does not seem to exist anymore.)

The Twist in the Tale

At that very moment in the month of April 1994 when the powers of democracy placed a Marxist Government in control of South Africa, every single citizen who was in opposition to the ruling force automatically became “Prisoners of War”, --- and you didn’t have to be a soldier to fall into that category! The sad fact is that many people don’t even realize this, simply because the process of sanitization in this prison camp is still an ongoing gradual procedure.

The gradual disarmament of law-abiding citizens by means of legislation is one perfect example of this. Other examples include Affirmative Action, the Boer genocide, the drug epidemic, the collapse of social services, the persecution of Christians, and so on…) The first reaction of the liberal minded yellow-bellies was, "We had no part of it! Don’t blame us!” Pathetic I tell you! They think that their somber confessions, the washing of feet and arse-creeping will save their sorry white butts, but they are horribly mistaken! There’s a reason why a paw-paw’s blood is yellow!

Nelson Mandela had hardly taken over the reigns when he decided to release thousands of murderers and rapists from prison. By 2001 mid-August, 1,100 white farmers had already been murdered in acts of senseless brutality and without any apparent motives. Defenseless men were shot dead, their women raped and little girls as young as 4 years old were raped and then mutilated. As of 20 May 2009 there have been a total number 3,056 white farmers murdered in what has now become known as South Africa’s hidden genocide.

The country is in its 15th year of democracy but yet more and more citizens are suffering from psychological ailments such a post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. These are the typical disorders normally associated with war-trauma or prison camps.

Many people who were able to offer their skills to foreign countries managed to escape. Some savvy people even managed to flee the country before the 1994 elections. The so-called “brain-drain” of that time is common knowledge today. Many will argue that we all had a choice whether to stay in the prison camp or to flee while the gates were wide open, but this is a rather unfair perception.

A significant number of citizens foolishly believed that the constitution and the policies of democracy will always protect them, while others simply had no other choice but to stay put, no matter how grumpy they felt about the situation. Factors such as old age, poverty, sickness, lack of skills, a previous criminal conviction, --- or whatever, are real obstacles preventing these people from escaping from this hell hole prison camp.

South Africa is a prison camp

The current situation in South Africa reminds me of the King Rat novel by James Clavell. Set during World War II, Clavell's literary debut describes the brutal struggle for survival of British, Australian and American prisoners of war in a Japanese camp in Singapore. The central character in this superb novel gives some insight into how one can survive as a prisoner of war. The King, an American corporal, sought to dominate both captives and captors by his courage, profound insight into human frailties, and pragmatic American business techniques in a class-ridden society where Japanese and British actions were bound by bankrupt codes of "honour." The situation in South Africa is no different.

I know there are people out there who will laugh at me for comparing the current situation in South Africa with a Japanese prison camp, but consider this: --- There were only 850 deaths among the 87,000 prisoners who passed through that Japanese prison camp, but yet it was still considered as one of the most brutal and inhumane prison camps in the world. What has happened in South Africa since the Marxist Government took over? How many woman and children have been raped? How many defenseless citizens have been murdered? How many innocent children have become drug addicts? How many sorry starving souls are roaming our streets begging for food? All these things are going on under the very noses of our captors – the rotten ANC scum, while they hold lavish parties and continue to crush and bully the already guilt-driven, brainwashed prisoners of war.

The only people who will scoff at this perception of mine are those who are earning fat salaries and who can thus afford to buy their freedom. Isn’t it strange however that these same people live behind solid steel bars and security gates!

My inspiration for writing this article:

While I chatting with an expat in Australia the other day It came to light, while reading between the lines, that his parents back in South Africa were really suffering and had no support system. He also had a brother, an unemployed ex-soldier in the SADF, who wasn’t helping much to relieve the situation at home. He called his brother a useless good-for-nothing washout, or words to that effect. When I hinted that maybe he should consider rescuing his family from this hell hole, his reaction was, “don’t talk kak – what hell hole?” I doubt whether I’ll be talking to the man in the near future. His indifferent and selfish attitude didn’t impress me much!

Don’t get me wrong here! I have no pain with someone else making a success of their lives and I realize that moving abroad far away from family and close relatives can be a harrowing experience. My gripe is with those expats who blatantly boast about their newfound wealth and happiness while their relatives are rotting in sickness and poverty in a country where the government doesn’t care a damn about their health or their safety!

The Wynand du Toit Story
After my chat with the expat in Australia, I decided to pay his Afrikaans-speaking parents a visit. The old man was sick in bed but the old lady, eager to hear news from her expat son, invited me to sit down. She looked frail and quite tense but once the ice was broken she shared the following horrific experience with me:

Three Black thugs had cornered her in the lift of the complex while she was alone. The three thugs unzipped their trousers to reveal their black penises and mockingly joked that they were going to rape her. She closed her eyes and shrunk into the corner expecting the worst. The three bastards then pissed all over her and then suddenly vanished when the lift door opened. (This is a common and effective shock- technique used by thugs to expel old white people from a building, to make more space for their fellow thugs.) After sharing her story with me, she made me swear a pledge of allegiance that I was never to tell her two son’s about this. This is so typical of the proud Afrikaner mother! Well now that I have shared this story, I hope you understand my reasoning behind the concept of South African Prisoners of War!

To all the expats who have rescued friends and family, I salute you! You are a true soldier and/or gentleman!

BTW – My father was a Parabat in the Korean War. In 1959 he was awarded with a United Nations Service Medal for his role in the rescue of prisoners held in a Korean prison camp. The worst part of the mission was trying to persuade some stubborn prisoners that it was safe to escape.

Sources consulted:


Snowy Smith said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Well Done keep up the good work.
The WAR is still going on today.
Including 3,045 White Afrikaner Farmers murdered since 1994.
“Once is unusual, twice is a coincidence and three times is enemy action”.
And 3045 White Farmers Tortured and Brutally Murdered by BLACKS is definitely ENEMY ACTION GENOCIDE.



We need Zero Tolerance on all Criminals.

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Rustig said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Well written. As an ex soldier it is not always easy to explain the situation to outsiders.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thanks for the article. I spent 3 years in the SADF (I signed on for an additional year)

Was it a good move on my part? I cannot answer that, and that is what scares me

Wynand du Toit said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

My name is Wynand du Toit and was captured in Angola. I need to correct some facts. There were 11 (eleven) South African POW's in Angola over the period 1975 until 1989.

Also please read the book #JudasGoat

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thank you Wynand for visiting this blog and for pointing out the correct facts in this old article! Readers who are interested in obtaining a copy of the book “Judas Goat”, also available in Afrikaans “Judasbok”, can visit the following url:

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