Friday, May 20, 2011

21 May is Savate Day!

32 Battalion needs no introduction, especially for those who are familiar with South Africa’s recent history, and the major military battles that transformed the southern parts of the African continent.  

Now why on earth am I writing about 32 Battalion at a time like this, when the entire country is analyzing and talking about the incoming results of the 2011 Municipal Elections?  Would it not, at this point in time, be more proper to blog about something that is related to these elections?

Well first of all - I don’t really care two hoots about elections in this country anymore!  I used to care, quite passionately, about this democrazy right of mine, and even felt slightly guilty in the past on the few occasions I was unable to cast my vote, often due to circumstances beyond my control.  Times and sentiments have changed however, and for reasons to numerous to mention here, I’ve lost all interest in these matters.

The fact of the matter is that this whole election-exercise is a total farce, and a waste of time and money.  A greedy, ruthless, corrupt, but exceptionally crafty Marxist Regime is in power.  This crafty gang of Marxist-Communists will remain in power for a very long time, because they have an enormous mass of fearfully superstitious, and indoctrinated black folk that are accustomed to living on (and under) the breadline, who are keeping them in power.

Although it seems, at this point in time, that the ANC’s only opposition, the DA, is wining territory slowly but surely, I have a very strong suspicion that the DA and the ANC are in cahoots with one another, and that together these two parties are pulling the wool over the eyes of the sheeple.  I know this may sound absurd, but I’ve had this odd feeling in the pit of my stomach for many years now. I am reasonably convinced that by the time the DA succeeds in winning a major election, maybe 20 or 30-odd years from now, that they too will be just as ruthless, and most probably even more devious and cunning than the ANC, for the DA’s treacherous roots cut very deep into enemy territory – far deeper than the ANC’s has ever run…. But, THAT is a story for another day!

Let’s move on to the main subject I have in mind for this posting... I’ll do my best to integrate this with the current political fever this country is experiencing.

My diary reminded me this morning that 21 May (Saturday) is Savate Day.

21 May is the only date marked by 32 Battalion as a general Remembrance Day for all those who had fallen while serving in the battalion. The name “Savate” is a reference to a major FAPLA base 75km (47 miles) inside Angola on the Cubango River. It was at this battle at Savate (aka operation Tiro A Tiro) where the battalion suffered the highest number of casualties.  Of the 150 men who died while fighting with 32 Battalion, 15 were killed during the Savate-attack, the battalion’s heaviest casualties in a single engagement.  (Radio intercepts later indicated that FAPLA had 558 dead and wounded.)

The story of Savate, is documented in Piet Nortje’s book, called “32 Battalion – The inside Story of South Africa’s Elite Fighting Unit”.  An online version of the story has been republished with permission, and can be viewed on the Official Website of 32 Battalion.

The members of 32 Battalion, who consisted mainly of black Angolan soldiers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) led by experienced white South African officers, were eventually betrayed by the very same government they so loyally fought and died for.  The unit was disbanded in March 1993 (see YouTube Video) and was retired to the town of Pomfret, a rather depressing little spot situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in northwest South Africa. To this very day some of 32 Battalion's veterans of war, their families, and their widows, live there in squalid circumstances.

One does not need to be a genius to figure out why the ANC Government has used every opportunity and means to destroy and degrade this elite fighting force, and also the reputation of men like Willem Ratte, who served as a well-respected officer of 32 Battalion.  Marxist-Communists fear men that possess these exceptional qualities, because these men are the rightful and true freedom-fighters of the southern African continent.  These men did not think twice about sacrificing their own blood, sweat, and tears, when foreign communist forces were threatening to overrun Southern Africa with a forceful and fearsome military might. I believe it is quit fitting to state that these men lived their ‘today’ for a better ‘tomorrow’ -- for ALL the inhabitants of Southern Africa! Is it not a shame that most people today cannot see this?

The ANC inherited this beautiful jewel of a country in April 1994 through a complicated process of providence, treachery, and deceit, and since then they have made a terrible mess of things.  The so-called progressive, intellectual free-thinking liberals (read DA) knew from the start that this was going to happen.  In fact, it is no secret that many of these so-called progressive liberals played an instrumental role in handing this country over to a bunch of terrorists.

This deplorable, yet predictable, state of affairs has secured the survival and ‘progressive’ (pardon the pun) growth of these free-thinking liberals. If this is not proof of their cunning shrewdness, then I don’t know what is!

The free-thinking liberals of South Africa initially turned a blind eye when the ANC government treated  members of 32 Battalion and their families in Pomfret like criminal trash. They waited cunningly (almost 15 years) for the opportune moment before raising their concerns.  I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing a report, dated 12 March 2008, and compiled by Chris Hattingh (DA Provincial Leader) to illustrate how the personal suffering and misfortune of others are utilized for political gain. Both the DA and the ANC are masters of this technique.

This report was sourced from this page on the Official Website of 32 Battalion.

~Chris Hattingh~
12 March 2008

The DA in the North West is extremely concerned about the actions of officials of the Department of Public Works. Within minutes after 35 families were removed from Pomfret to houses in Mafikeng contractors moved in to demolish perfectly habitable houses.

In a style reminiscent of the apartheid era  a considerable police force armed with R4 rifles and shotguns was present on the site and rubber bullets were fired at people observing the demolishing of the houses. People were forcefully prohibited from taking photographs of the demolished houses.

The 35 families agreed during a meeting two weeks ago to be moved to Mafikeng.

The majority of inhabitants of Pomfret refused to be moved, did not sign the required documentation and walked out of the meeting.

The Department of Public Works in its budget allocated R115 million for maintenance and improvement of Pomfret during the current financial year – however the Department stopped all work at Pomfret very soon after they started with the work.

The North West Provincial Government almost became obsessive with the removal of the Pomfret people – this obsession escalated after the Equatorial New Guinea / Harare incident in which a few of former 32Bn members were allegedly involved.

The persecution of the people of Pomfret started very soon after the 1994 elections and appears to vested in the successes achieved by 32Bn during the Namibia border war and the War in Angola. The former MEC for Local Government and Housing in the North West, Frans Vilakazi, in referring to the people of Pomfret, said in the North West Legislature that the people of Pomfret were a problem in past, remains a problem at present and will be a problem in the future – summarizing the vindictive attitude of the ANC Provincial Government against some South African citizens.

Pomfret was rehabilitated from an asbestos threat many years ago – however the rehabilitated areas were neglected and requires minor maintenance and upgrading. The North West Provincial Government, while motivating the removal of the Pomfret people on the basis of a presumed (unproven) health risk in the same time continues with a housing project at the nearby asbestos contaminated Heuningvlei.

The deliberate neglect of the Pomfret infrastructure over years – resulting in the disruption of water supply, electricity and sewerage services for weeks at a time did not dampen the spirit of the proud people of Pomfret. Even the threats by a high ranking SANDF officer, Genl Moerane that the people of Pomfret “will smell coffin” did not discourage the people. 

The DA will continue to support the people of Pomfret against the statutory abuse by state agencies and will report abuses at the Human Rights Commission in anticipation of an in-depth investigation.

Chris Hattingh
DA Provincial Leader
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The news headlines this weekend will undoubtedly be dominated by the recent municipal elections. It is thus highly unlikely that the MSM will publish a single word about 32 Battalion's Savate Day… and THAT, my dear friends, is the sole reason why I’ve published this posting.

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

Instead of having a Savate day...let us have a Vale Tudo day.

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

That's sharp Mike!
Full-contact unarmed combat, with NO RULES :-)
I'm game!

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

Thanks TIA !! Well done for informing us . Keep us informed !!!I salute every one of these warriors !!! XRSA

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

"We were soldiers" I remember very, very well, boys. SADF 1973 to 1984.

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