Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From the Files of Leon Mellet

Leon Mellet
Leon Mellet
Now THIS is a blast from our magnificent past -- a past I shall never be ashamed of for as long as I live!

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.


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

e-NONGQAI is a free monthly e-Magazine for Veterans of the old SA Police Force and those interested in the history of our police, national security and development.

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.

Related Post: Africa Police Journal Vol 1 No 1


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

You not only made my day with this posting Tia, but brought some good memories back aswell. Any policeman from that era will agree with you 100%. Yes, he was a great man with a very great heart. A man you could trust. Unfortunately there is not one left in the police force today that remotely resembles him. Thanks for this one Tia.

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

@whiteson – I am delighted that you appreciate this posting… And yes, it does bring back some great memories!

While doing online research on Leon Mellet I was stunned to see that there’s not much published about him. I couldn’t even find the exact date he passed away, which is appalling -- considering his colourful personality and his connections with journalism. But people like us know what the reason is for trying to delete our History and Heritage… What they cannot delete they’ll falsify and distort.

See also the Afrikaans article about Dr. Johan Burger (ISS) -- published in last week’s Rapport:

Ex-police officer now working from outside to combat decay in the SAPS

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

Thank you, TIA! A great reminder of what we have lost despite the sacrifices of great people like Leon Mellet. Also a reminder that the ANC and their libtard friends are doing their damndest to re-write our history.

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

I am sure it is Julius Malema at the 1 minute 15/16 second mark

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