Leon Mellet started his career in the early 1960’s as a crime and military reporter for the Natal Mercury. He was a true gentleman and well-admired by many. He eventually took on the daunting task of police spokesperson (the public face of the ministry of law and order). He retired as Major General in the former South African Police. He sadly passed away during June, 2012.
In the video below Leon Mellet speaks about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and expresses his concern about what will go down in history.
“I'm worried that this is going to go down in history, and all the allegations made is put down on paper, on record, on tape as factual evidence. When in fact it is not factual evidence as such. It is one person's side of the story….”
Major General Leon Mellet.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!
I’ve taken the liberty of embedding in this post one of the older editions (Aug. 2011) of a publication known as The e-NONGQAI. It is the modern electronic version of the old Nongqai magazine --- published way back in the 1920’s for the South African Forces. It was then registered at the General Post Office as a Newspaper. Nongqai is the Zulu word for “Armed Watchman”.
Of particular interest in this specific edition is Leon Mellet’s article titled “THE CANINE TERROR PATROL” (photographs included). The e-Mag also includes other articles which readers may find informative and interesting.
The e-Mag can also be read on ISSUU.COM
The journal aims to reach our colleagues across the African continent, to share information and news related to the policing of our continent, and to learn from each other. The journal is also the official magazine of the African Police Institute.
THE ULOLIWE is a free monthly historical and research publication about the Railways of Southern Africa - past and present.
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