Nongqai Vol 6 no 11 (part ll)

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Nongqai Vol 6 No 11 Part 2

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Contents Part 2 Nongqai Vol 6 No 11 Part 2 ........................................................................................ 1 Sersant CHJ Moolman SAP ....................................................................................... 4 Inleiding .................................................................................................................. 4 Sersant CHJ Moolman............................................................................................ 6 Oorlog ..................................................................................................................... 7 Kersfees 1941 – Nuwejaar 1942 ............................................................................ 7 Stalag IV C ............................................................................................................. 9 Polisiewerk ............................................................................................................. 9 Herman Hanekom se Toneelgroep ....................................................................... 11 Polisie-poeding ..................................................................................................... 13 Vrede: Medaljes .................................................................................................... 14 Ode to Madevan…. (Chris Moolman): Nico Moolman .......................................... 14 Om te Behoort. My Pa (Chris Moolman): Nico Moolman ...................................... 15 Nico en Naomi Moolman: kultuurmense en pryswenners ........................................ 16 Sersant-majoor: Manuskrip: Paul Els ....................................................................... 17 Warrant Officer ranks and insignia of the South African Police: Mark Naudé ....... 17 Collectors of Police Memorabilia .......................................................................... 19 Met Leedwese: Afsterwe mev Barry: Malinda Lensing ............................................. 19 Kol Vic McPherson, SOE ......................................................................................... 20 Reünie: Moord en Roof, Soweto: De Wet Potgieter ................................................. 21 SAP: Hekpoort: Boet Meintjies ................................................................................. 22 Hillbrow: Snacks on Night Duty ................................................................................ 23 SAP Salarisadvies-koeverte ..................................................................................... 24 Die polisie-hel en die polisie-hemel ...................................................................... 24 Die Afdeling Binnelandse Stabiliteit: Lt genl Johan Swart .................................... 26 “Slaag deur Diens” ................................................................................................ 26 ‘n Stukkie polisiegeskiedenis: Aanstelling van nuwe kommissaris: Genl Johan Swart .................................................................................................................... 27 Kapt Dirk Coetzee................................................................................................. 27 Vlakplaas en Daisy ............................................................................................... 28 Genl George Fivaz................................................................................................ 28 Die veiligheidspolisie se Hemel ............................................................................ 29 Salariskoevert .......................................................................................................... 30 2


Sensitief ................................................................................................................ 30 … “Seconds Out”… By Nico Moolman and Bronwyn Noeth ..................................... 31 The day the Queen visited Ermelo: Bronwyn Noeth ................................................. 32 Visit to Johannesburg War Museum ........................................................................ 35 Oloff Bergh: Alex Faria ............................................................................................. 39 Begrafnisbrief: Lt-genl JG Dreyer ............................................................................. 40 Ons het opgestyg: Kol MJJ van Rensburg ............................................................... 42 Lt-genl Hendrik Jacobus du Plooy: Theresa du Plooy ............................................. 44 Major-General J.A. Brink: Glenn Poley..................................................................... 44 Brig Johan Giliomee ................................................................................................. 45 Abu Dhabi Police Horses: Alan Betts ....................................................................... 45 Crime: Farm Attacks in South Africa ........................................................................ 46 United Nations: Human Rights Council: 8th Session: Forum on Minority Issues .. 46 Brief History of the South African Navy: Capt (SAN) (Ret) Charles Ross................. 47 Rooidam Military Cemetery: Bloemfontein: Capt (SAN) (Ret) C Ross ..................... 53 Polmed: Luit Kol Gideon Serfontein ......................................................................... 54 Lys van Kliëntedienssentrums .............................................................................. 55 Oorkonde aan lt genl JJ Viktor deur Nongqai & “Rus en Vrede” .............................. 57 Ontmoeting met mnr Ronnie Kasrils ........................................................................ 57 Ronnie Kasrils: Gewond ....................................................................................... 58 Transvaalse burger: Nathan Kasrils...................................................................... 59 Kritici ..................................................................................................................... 59 Maandelikse braai: Rus en Vrede ............................................................................ 60 Blue light in support of SAPS: Anton Laas ............................................................... 63 Mystery of a Canadian’s grave at eNseleni (1901): Dr JC van der Walt .................. 63 Inligtingsessie: kol Albert van Niekerk (SAP Logistiek – Afgetree) ........................... 65 The Nongqayi Museum at eShowe: Dr. JC van der Walt ......................................... 66 Slot ........................................................................................................................... 67 Contact details / kontakbesonderhede ..................................................................... 67

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Sersant CHJ Moolman SAP Inleiding ‘n Inleiding sal hierdie storie oor sersant Chris Moolman vir die leser meer betekenis gee: Daar is geen toeval in die lewe nie; ook nie iets “gelukkige toeval” nie – die Engelse woord hier van toepassing is “serendipity” – daar is maar slegs ‘n voorbereide gees. “ Toe-val-die-lig”. As jy dit nie herken nie – sal jy die geleentheid mis. Ivm met ou argief foto’s van die Anglo Boere-oorlog en ou polisiefoto’s op die Bakkiesblad het ek vir die besondere skerpsinnige skrywer, Nico Moolman ontmoet. Ons deel dieselfde passie. Ons het vinnig uitgewerk dat ons vaders saam in Durban in die polisie was. Sy Vader is “Noorde” terwyl my Vader na Baviaanspoort toe is; waar die aangehoude Duitsers bietjie onrustig geraak het. Binne ‘n dag het Nico per koerier vir my ‘n groot klomp van sy boeke gestuur. Die man kan skryf! Sy boek: The Boer Whore – OHMS – is een van die mees treffendste boeke oor ‘n voorbereide gees wat ek nog ooit gelees het. Die storie neem ons van die konsentrasiekamp by Winburg na Kaapstad, na Nederland (Leiden) na Engeland en na Kancharaburi in Thailand – almal plekke wat ek al voorheen besoek het. Voor ek van Susan Nell gehoor het, het ek al haar pad gestap. Hierdie is ‘n treffende boek; in Afrikaans en Engels; die draaiboek is geskryf en dit beloof om ‘n skitterende fliek te wees: Mits dit die regte regisseur en akteurs deelneem.

Hierdie boek plaas ek in die volgende kategorie: My eie keuse van die vyf beste boeke wat ek nog ooit gelees het! Die Engelse uitgawe wat ek gelees het, is besonder treffend. Nico Moolman is ‘n goeie navorser. Susan Nell was ‘n voorbereide gees! Sien die 3de naam op die lys, tent 219.

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Nico Moolman het die geleentheid gehad om ook die plekke te ervaar waar Susan Nell haar spore gelaat het. Maar die storie van Susan Nell – ‘n bywonersdogter wat verkrag en vir die dood agtergelaat word, word na die ABO ‘n sielkundige in Nederland, sy werk na die 1ste WO is in Engeland, kundige op trauma en PTS ... en na die 2de WO is sy in Thailand waar sy onder die “comfort” vroue werk wat verniel was. Sy het die twee Britse offisiere wat haar verkrag het, opgespoor ........ lees self verder. So ver krul my tone om van lekker kry met die lees van die boek. Dis ‘n 5


“Boere-oorlogstorie” met ‘n totaal ander geur – dat so ‘n pionier ook slagoffer was, is nog meer merkwaardig! Dat ek nou eers van haar lees is ‘n skande. Daar is baie “gelukkige toeval” – die mens met ‘n voorbereide gees is ‘n geseënde wese – baie mense gaan deur die lewe sonder hierdie gawe! Beide Nico en ek idealiseer ons ouers, veral ons Vaders wat vir ons daardie pragtige voorbeeld gestel het van MAN, MILITARIS en GOEIE VADER.

Sersant CHJ Moolman No 17995 (B) sers CHJ Moolman van die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisie, eers Durban en later van Ermelo, het tydens WO2 in die “Noorde” diens gedoen. Hy was destyds bekend as manskap No. SAP 1981991. Sy seun, Nico Moolman, word hartlik bedank vir die inligting oor sy Vader.

Rekruit-berede konstabel Chris Moolman: SAP Depot. Pretoria. Hy staan regs in die tweede foto.

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The suffix “M” (or “B” in Afrikaans) denotes that he was a mounted policeman, affectionately known as a “Mountie” or a “Bosluis”. Policemen who served during WW2 had the suffix “SAP” before their defence force numbers because they stayed policemen and were paid by the police department. They were then some of the better paid soldiers in the British Commonwealth during the war.

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Oorlog

Links: Die 6de SA Infanterie het bestaan uit 1 SAP, 2 SAP & Transvaal Scottish – vandaar die kilt. Regs: Chris Moolman links en Archie Frazer regs in Brighton, Engeland.

Kersfees 1941 – Nuwejaar 1942

Mooi Springbok en SAP-kenteken. Let op die “ou” Afrikaans van 1941 – ook op die kenteken – HBH

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Manskap Chris Moolman (links) let op die groot “SAP” op die skouerlappie en die “rooi lussies” en 6 SAI se kenteken op die arm- HBH

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Stalag IV C

Polisiewerk

Links is Chris Moolman – in die ou dae het jy NOOIT ʼn polisieman sonder ʼn hoofdeksel gesien nie.

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Eerste bylae in Ermelo ... huisbraak, poging tot moord en brandstigting

Die sipier en die beredekonstabel 10


Konst Moolman

O/sersant Chris Moolman en Nico

Van links na regs: O/sers Chris Moolman, Nico en sy Moeder, Dora (nee Bekker).

Herman Hanekom se Toneelgroep Dora Bekker was een Herman Hanekom se Toneelgroep se voorsangers. Hulle het as die Hennekoor bekendgestaan. Hulle het tydens die oorlog dmv die handskoenmetode verloof geraak!

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Let asb op hoe blink die skoene!

Bo: Weet iemand dalk waar die foto van die duikers geneem is? Algemeen: Let op na die verandering in uniformstukke. Kyk bv na die kleur van die dasse op die verskillende foto’s. Konstabels en sersante het destyds “neknommers� van geelkoper gedra. Let op die baie tuniekknope. Die polisie het altyd drie klein koperknopies op die mou gedra terwyl soldate twee knope op die tuniek se mou dra. Weet iemand waarom?

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Polisie-poeding

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Vrede: Medaljes

Ode to Madevan…. (Chris Moolman): Nico Moolman T’was round the Battle of the Somme in nineteen seventeen, The sky was blue and the grass was green, That he was born on a summer’s day, In a house of stone and clay. He became part of a distant clan. A …chosen few…a…he-man’s man He could see the rain by the lilies and the stars, Season’s changes by the colours of Mars. Hunting for meat and farming with wheat, From the earth and the rivers could he find what he need He got hot in the sun, and chill in the cold… But he could take it… he was formed in this mould. With a vision of freedom, he went to wage Battle, He left all behind…all his farmland and cattle. In the hot desert sand… it was cordite and sweat, Seeing men die, he could never forget. He came back from the fray…the war was over, And he whistled its songs like “The White Cliffs of Dover” For many a girl after a one night stand, She was madly in love with a ring on her hand. “Cause he knew how to vow, he was one of a kind, But one tied him down and he didn’t mind. He tamed the wild country of mountain terrain, 14


It was here that he settled, before wandering again. His rifle that was his mate and his Colt Thirty Eight, Became a legend where heroes were few. All that great men about him did knew. Through the sights of his gun and the barrel inside, He travelled his country and opened it wide. The men at the tavern… men-amongst-men, Could boast to their kin, that they all knew him. He never held any title or deed, Yet his soul was carrying This land’s fertile seed. He owned every grass root, rock and stone, This place was his and his alone To the city he drifted to settle once more, Just to choke on the smoke from Iron and Ore. But he needed to care for his kids and wife, -This being the saddest part of his wandering life. They couldn’t ignore him although they tried, He was the only cowboy I knew that cried So he went out with defiance, to where he could rest! He was back to his form of being the best! He gets hot in the sun and chill in the cold, …But he can take it, …He is part of the …mould -

Nico Moolman

Om te Behoort. My Pa (Chris Moolman): Nico Moolman Om te Behoort. Chris Moolman, my pa, het nie gekyk nie… Hy het gesien. Ook nie gehoor nie maar geluister. Nie gevat nie. Hy het gevoel. Nooit vir my vertel hoe of wat om te doen nie, maar my gewys hoe iets gedoen word. Nooit net gesorg vir ʼn dak oor sy gesin se kop of kos op die tafel nie.. Nee, hy het saam met ma Dora aan al die behoeftes wat nodig is vir volkome oorlewing en gesinsvoorspoed voorsien sonder vraag. Hy het die Polisie/Weermag -en latere Sekerheidsuniform van sy beroep met ʼn trotsheid gedra wat die toeskouer nooit kon mis kyk nie. Die ‘Ribbons” wat opsommend die medaljes wat hy verdien het, op sy linker 15


bors vertoon het, net bokant sy hart, op sy uniform van die oomblik, het sy deelname weerspieël in tye waarop pligsbesef hom laat antwoord het. ʼn Stryd om die bedreiging van die Vryheid waaraan hy geglo het, met beslisheid en pligsbesef te beveg. As erfgenaam het ek nog skaars begryp wat my erfporsie is, want sien, my pa het maar ʼn boksie vol materiële items nagelaat, maar omdat hy Kaart en Transport gehad het van elke grashalm, klip, fontein, kabbelende waterstroom en vierkante duim mooi van Mattotoland tot anderkant die Makonja-Berge aan die Swaziland grens, sal ek moet begin om my vruggebruik te benut, voordat dit skemer word. 

Onveranderd geplaas. Nico Moolman is ʼn bekende skrywer - HBH

Nico en Naomi Moolman: kultuurmense en pryswenners

Naomi vir kultuur

Nico vir Letterkunde

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Afgeneem in Bloemfontein tydens die onlangse “Roostoekenning” van Radio Rosestad in Bloemfontein

Sersant-majoor: Manuskrip: Paul Els Middag Hennie, Ek is besig om deur my Samajoor-boek te werk wat ek in 2010 gedoen het. Het die gekry. Klik dit reg en jy kan dit gebruik as jy wil. Ek het ook nie fotos nie. Sal soek op ‘n kol en ook op die spoorwegpolisie ens Vasbyt boet, Paul Appendix E

Warrant Officer ranks and insignia of the South African Police: Mark Naudé Introduction Until the rank structure changes of the mid 1990s, Warrant Officers were counted amongst the ranks of the South African Police. Since the establishment of the South African Police in 1913, there was Warrant Officer equivalent ranks, although they were originally known as "Head Constables". It is interesting to note that the term "Head Constable" is also used in the Royal Ulster Constabulary to denote members of Warrant Officer status. The term is rather interesting since it could easily be confused with "Chief Constable". A "Head Constable" being equivalent to an army warrant officer, whilst a "Chief Constable" is the chief officer of a British county police force, usually equivalent to a Lieutenant 17


General. From 1913 to 1923 there were two classes of "Head Constable" in the SAP. Some sources regarding the SAP rank refer to "Head Constable - Warrant Officer". It is not clear whether this was an official term, or simply the author's note to indicate that a Head Constable is the same as a Warrant Officer. From 1922 there was only one class. In 1960 the title was changed simply to "Warrant Officer" of which there remained one class. Detective Warrant Officers were known as such and were abbreviated as "DWO" whilst ordinary members were simply "WO". The spoken form of address was "Warrant [Officer]" or "Adjudant” [Offisier] as in the Navy, unlike the Army or Air Force where WOs are usually addressed as Sergeant-Major.2 Following the changes in the SAP rank structure when the SAP was renamed the "South African Police Service (SAPS)" the rank of Warrant Officer was sadly discontinued. Badges of Rank Head Constable - WO 1st Class 1913-1922  A two-inch gold embroided crown above the cuff of the sleeve. Mounted Police wore one crown only (on the right sleeve) but Foot Police wore crowns on both forearms.  Head Constable - WO 2nd Class 1913-1922 A one-and-a-quarter inch gold embroider crown, worn as above. 

Head Constable - Warrant Officer 1922-52 A one-and-a-quarter inch gold embroided crown, worn as above.

Head Constable - WO 1952-57 - A gilt crown was worn as above instead of the embroided crown.

Head Constable - WO 1957-60 A gilt castle replaced the gilt Tudor crown.

Warrant Officer 1960-64 (Change of rank designation only)

Warrant Officer 1964-1995 A gilt and enamel South African coat-of-arms (1930 unembellished version), within a closed wreath. Worn above the cuff of both sleeves. In field dress orders, the insignia was embodied onto an arm brassard of camouflage or lead blue material.

Notes on rank badges 2

When I was young we addressed a police WO as “meneer” or “Sir”, while officers in English referred to them as e.g. Mister Worsley. Later the address became “Warrant” or “adjudant” – HBH.

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The rank badges described above were as worn by ‘white’ policemen. ‘Non-White’ policemen wore different badges and had different ranks. These may be the subjects of a separate article. Head Constable

Warrant-Officer (1960)

Warrant-Officer (1964)

Collectors of Police Memorabilia Please send us examples of the various badges of rank iro WO rank please.

Met Leedwese: Afsterwe mev Barry: Malinda Lensing Hello Hennie. Net om vir jou te laat weet dat my Moeder is oorlede 29/10/2015 bietjie meer as ‘n maand en half na haar 88ste verjaarsdag op 11/09/2015. Dit is en was groot skok daar sy die oggend nog tuine natgemaak het by Dienssentrum. Ook teenwoordig op hierdie spesiale dag was haar kleinseun en agterkleinseuntjie...!!!

Wyle luit en wyle mev Barry

Wyle mev Barry se kleinseun en agterkleinseuntjie

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Kol Vic McPherson, SOE Van links na regs: Hennie van Dyk, Vick McPherson, Raymond Sutner en Daan Wessels. Hooggeregshof, Durban – tydens die saak: Staat vs Sutner. Kyk mooi na die foto en dink: Dis hoe dit was! Drie lede van Port Natal se veiligheidstak vergesel ‘n aangeklaagde uit die hof. Geen blouligte. Geen sirenes. Geen kettings en voetboeie. Sagte dop voertuig. As 18 jarige, gewapende konstabel, het ek en die ou swart ongewapende konstabel die selle oopgesluit en die prisoniers gevoed voor hof. Daar was drie selle. Hulle het gewas en in my tyd het niemand ontsnap nie. Daar was respek. Die stasie was nie omhein nie. Ek moes, as AK-sersant, ook die foon antwoord as dit lui..... HBH

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ReĂźnie: Moord en Roof, Soweto: De Wet Potgieter

Ysters met luit genl Johan Viktor in die middel.

De Wet Potgieter added 2 new photos — with Henk Heslinga and 12 others. It was like walking down memory lane listening to the old legends talking about their lives as murder and robbery detectives. Dit was die dae van die ysters- die manne wat vrees en bewing onder die moordenaars, rowers en verkragters van die groter Johannesburg gesaai het. I was honoured to join the Soweto Murder and Robbery Squad on Saturday when they held their first reunion since the sad demise of all the specialst units in the SAPS - thanks to Jackie Selebi.

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SAP: Hekpoort: Boet Meintjies Boet Meintjies het die ou stasie besoek en deel met ons die wêreld van “Ampie” deur Joggem van Bruggen:

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Hillbrow: Snacks on Night Duty

Durban had the “pie cart” in Soldiers Way, BUT Hillbrow had FONTANA where policemen could get a snack 24/7. Photo: Facebook. 23


SAP Salarisadvies-koeverte Die polisie-hel en die polisie-hemel In die begin 1990’s het ons, lede van die Mag, ons salarisadviesstrokies in koeverte ontvang. Dmv interne kommunikasie is opbouende boodskappies aan lede gestuur. Dit was nodig. U moet onder geen illusies verkeer nie, dit was “moeilike dae”. Drankmisbruik onder sommige lede het vry algemeen voorgekom en ‘n apteker (skoolvriend) het aan my genoem dat hy besorg was oor die baie kalmeermiddels edm wat aan SAP-lede voorgeskryf word. Dit was in die dae voor sielkundiges en PTS. “Cowboys don’t cry, especially not in front of their horses!” Skofbraaie, brandewyn en Coca Cola in die klub/kantien het gehelp.3 Die kapelane het ook hul kant gebring – maar die manne het hulle duidelik nie vertrou nie! Selfmoord was ‘n toevlug vir sommige lede. Padblokkades tot vervelens toe! Manne was nie ‘uitgerus’ nie. Vrouelede kon nie hul haarkappers besoek nie. Wanneer moes mens inkopies doen? Ek dink daar was ‘n geweldige las op die junior personeel (van konstabel tot majoor) terwyl sommige senior offisiere in die kantore, agter stapel lêers, weggekruip het. Eendag vertel ek ‘n Nederlandse polisieman toe hy ons lekker kritiseer: “Julle werk in ‘n polisie-hemel, terwyl ons in ‘n polisie-hel werk!” Sy reaksie was: “Erg gedramatiseerd!” Hulle het sedert WO2 slegs vier lede aan geweldadige dood afgestaan; ons het in baie gevalle agv diensoorsake meer as vier op ‘n dag verloor! Daar was meer as een soort Mag: Daar was die Mag wat as ‘n konsep op die wetboek en in die gedagte van die parlement, die staatspresident, die minister, die kommissaris en hoofkantoor bestaan het. Dit was die ideale polisiekonsep. Die ander Mag was die werklike Mag: Vol gebreke, gebrekkige vervoer en toerusting ens want ons was nèt mense. Ons is maar net so goed soos die swakste skakel in die ketting – maar ook nie altyd nie! Ons het so baie keer die “dinge reg gedoen” ipv om die “regte dinge te doen”. Stasiebevelvoerders, distrikskommandante en ander bevelvoerders het die kommissaris se spreekwoordelike “arms omhoog” gehou – daar is gesorg vir daaglikse, weeklikse, maandelikse en jaarlikse inspeksies. Die sake was reg, die magsorders, diensvoorskrifte en staande orders (algemeen, finansieel en store) was toegepas. Die les was: “Hoofkwartier is nooit verkeerd nie!” Soms ‘n redelike ongenaakbare en onvriendelike wêreld waarin die polisieman hom bevind het. Swak bevelvoerders 3

Indien u dink ek oordryf: Raadpleeg die bronne wat beskikbaar is! Daar is baie gepubliseerde werke in diè verband – baie primêre bronne is beskikbaar. Afrika is ‘n moeilike plek om te polisieer – HBH

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het dinge soms verwoes. Jy moet administratief “rats” wees en kan spring wanneer nodig! In ons polisiehiërargie het die staatspresident, die minister, die kommissaris en ons direkte bevelvoerder gevolg op die Skepper, Christus en die Heilige Gees. (As jy jonk was het jy basies net van die stasiebevelvoerder4 geweet – en dan was die bevelslyn baie korter – en sonder om godslasterlik te wees, soms was ons “banger” vir die sersant.) Baie lede het van die polisie “gehou” maar kon die rompslomp en sleurwerk van die stasie en sy uniformtak nie hanteer nie. Sommige SB’s en bevelvoerders was ongenaakbaar. Lede is oor na die speurdiens. In die veiligheidstak en by die speurders het ‘n ander atmosfeer geheers. Tog het mens ook goeie en swak offisiere daar gekry. In hierdie Mag vol gebreke, was daar weer verskillende polisiemanne en polisievroue. Party was klerke wat gedink het: “Hulle “run” die Mag. No job is done until the paperwork is done!” Daar was die ouens wat kantoorure gewerk het; ander het “skoene en reënjasse” uitgedeel het – of was werklike narre in die vertoongroep. Jy moes bly wees en dankbaar wees vir die toerusting en uitrusting wat jy aangevra het en dit gekry het. Soms het ons “meer” gevra, want ons het geweet die aansoek word halveer. Gelukkig in veiligheid was daar later jare nie ʼn tekort aan “karre” nie – eers was ons vier lede met een kar maar gelukkig het ons buspasse gehad. Die werklike ouens wat die Mag “gerun” het was die “klerke”. Die uitvoerende polisiemanne het dag en nag gewerk insluitend 12 openbare vakansiedae! Hulle was die “towenaars” wat die sake opgelos het. Hulle was die ouens wat die strate veilig gehou het – dit was en is ‘n ‘oerwoud’ daar buite. Vinnig leer ‘n nuwe poliesman – hy moet (eers) sy “beat” domineer, daarna volg die wyk, die distrik en die land. Alles begin en eindig op stasievlak. Domineer hy nie sy gebied nie neem die kriminele oor en druk die polisieman uit. Vandag hier in Rietondale domineer die privaatsekuriteit ons sektor se “beat”. Die polisie vandag? Ek weet nie. Is dit nog ‘n roeping? Ek weet nie. Waar is “ubuntu” en “batho pele”? “Angihaas”. Polisie is nie meer op “beat” nie. Hulle ry sonder veiligheidsgordels rond. Die taxi’s het die paaie oorgeneem. Taxi’s is nou ‘n wet op hul eie. Misdadigers is vreesloos en heul met politici. Inwoners is uitgelewer. (Nogal verbaas om so baie weermag personeel tydens kantoorure in Kloofsig te sien inkopies doen. Dit bring seker ook misdaad af?) Ten besluite, dis ons “ou” Mag gewees, ons het eienaarskap geneem en ons is steeds lief vir die “Ou Mag” foute en al! 4

Die SB het jou ‘n rusdag gegee; later het jy jou brevet van die minister en nog later jou akte van kommissie van die SP ontvang . Natuurlik deur die normale diensweg en per bode. - HBH

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Die Afdeling Binnelandse Stabiliteit: Lt genl Johan Swart “Slaag deur Diens”

Interne kommunikasie is en bly maar ʼn probleem. Die brief is in Afrikaans gerig aan alle lede. Almal het in daardie tyd Afrikaans “verstaan” – al het hulle dit nie begryp nie! Almal in die SAP was die regering se beleid “goedgesind”. Die brief is in Afrikaans en in die gees en semantiek van diè tyd geskryf! Die geskrif spreek vandag boekdele. Eintlik was ek ietwat geraak toe ek hierdie nota weer na 22 jaar 26


lees. Nie minder as vyf sinne begin met “ek” nie! Maar, dis hoe dit was! Adriaan de la Rosa is die “laaste” luit-genl wat in die SAP in terme van Wet 7/1958 aangestel is.5

‘n Stukkie polisiegeskiedenis: Aanstelling van nuwe kommissaris: Genl Johan Swart Die mens wik en God beskik. As deel van die ABS het ek ook onder die generaal se bevel gedien. Op daardie stadium was ek ʼn jong brigadier by ABS se “navorsing en skakeling” en reeds ver gevorder met my doktorale studies. My werk en studies was geskei. My privaat navorsing het gesorg dat ek diep in die Nederlandse polisiegeskiedenis gedelf het. Ons in die SAP het afgestam van die Britse-polisiemodel. Vele besoeke is aan Nederland, België ens gebring. Baie geld en verlof is daaraan bestee. Reeds tydens die sanksiejare het ek goeie bande en skakeling met die Nederlandse polisie gehad. (Daar was destyds drie magte in Nederland: Die Rijkspolitie, die Gemeente Politie en die Koninklijke Marechaussee [KMar]) – selfs die kommissaris van die Nederlandse Koninklijke Marechaussee was ons huisgas – ek kon hom destyds nie aan ons generaals voorstel nie agv die sensitiwiteit van sy situasie. In 1994 het hulle twee magte gehad: Die KMar en die Regio Politie. My spesialiteit was die konsep van ‘n derde mag. “Iets” tussen die polisie en die weermag – maar dis ‘n “storie” vir ‘n ander dag, asook my uittrede uit die Mag op 47 jarige leeftyd ... steeds verlang ek na die lekker ou dae ... maar hulle is goed verby. Genl Swart het geweet en ons het gewèèt hy gaan die kommissaris word ... en toe word genl-maj George Fivaz geïdentifiseer vir die pos as nasionale kommissaris van die SAPD.

Kapt Dirk Coetzee Oud-kaptein Dirk Coetzee van Vlakplaas-faam was goed aan my bekend. Ons was immers kollegas. Hy was ‘n ‘junior’ kaptein en ek was ‘n ‘senior’ kaptein met ses jaar diens as kaptein. (Ons het in daardie dae, ook jare stil gestaan.) Omdat ek redelik goed bekend was van sekere feite het ek brig Piet Goosen gespreek en gevra dat Dirk eerder na my seksie verplaas moes word, as terug uniformtak toe. (Dit is mos duidelik dat hy “te veel” geweet het! Mens kan nie “bekostig” om iemand wat in die hart is, summier na Siberië toe te verban nie! Van ‘n uiters geheime afdeling na die gewone uniformtak; is nie sinvol nie. “Toeval” kan ‘n groot rol speel.) Die Coetzee-saga is ‘n ingewikkelde situasie gewees en ek het later al die dokumente goed bestudeer. Het ons nie vir Dirk swak behandel nie, sou die hele onsmaaklike en onaangename saak voorkom gewees het. Nadat hy “gedraai” het, en “ons” die stryd aangesê het, was hy die grootste enkele vyand wat die SA Polisie in die algemeen en die veiligheidstak in die besonder gehad het. Hy het meer gedoen om ons te ‘vernietig’ en skade te berokken as enige iemand anders. Hy het baie mense “gesink” en ook Vlakplaas en sy (wan)dade geopenbaar6 – ons was 5

Luit-genl JG Le Roux Stemmet Saamlopend hiermee is die rol van die Vryeweekblad wat vreesloos in hierdie saga opgetree het. Hul durf word geadmireer en ek het meeste van die uitgawes van die Vrye Weekblad gebind. Hulle 6

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naïef indien ons geglo het ons kon hom departementeel “regsien”. Hy het my ook vertel dat wanneer hy aansoek vir werk gedoen het, het ons hom “afgeskiet”. Hy was die beste polisie-student in sy jaar gewees en hy was intelligent. Hy was ‘n suikersiektelyer. Soos maj Craig Williamson eendag gesê het: “We closed all the doors for him.”

Vlakplaas en Daisy Per vliegtuig op pad tussen Londen en Amsterdam gedurende 1989 lees ek juis in ‘n Britse koerant, wat in die vliegtuig versprei was, oor Almond Nofemela, Dirk Coetzee se kollega, wat gehang sou word en begin “praat” het. Die skrif was toe aan die muur! Hy het begin om die hele Vlakplaas-sage te openbaar. Die Harms-kommissie het gevolg. Weer het ons as SAP gefaal om ʼn uiters delikate saak korrek te hanteer. Ons het gefaal om te onderskei tussen die “regte dinge” te doen en “dinge reg” te doen. [Ons moet onthou dat ons ook in ‘n geheime of koverte stryd teen die SAKPANC en MK gewikkel was – juis te meer waarom die saak uiters delikaat en versigtig hanteer moes word. Nie almal op veiligheidshoofkantoor het geweet wat gebeur nie. Daar het ‘n “moet-wèèt”-beginsel gegeld. Behalwe Vlakplaas het die SAP (V) ook die plaas “Daisy” gehad vir “uiters geheime agente” verbonde aan die SAP-intelligensie afdeling7. Aan die anderkant het die SAP se TIN-eenheid, die Spesialetaakmag en die “gewone” veiligheidstak daagliks die stryd gevoer.] Majoor Craig Williamson was die briljante brein agter die “intelligensie-afdeling” met sy bedrywighede binne- sowel as buitelands. Sy eenheid was ook op ‘n sel-struktuur bedryf sodat lede verbonde aan die eenheid self; nie “alles” geweet het nie. Selfs Vick McPherson, SOE, het nie “alles” geweet nie - alhoewel hy aan uiters geheime operasies deel geneem het. As getuie het ek bygesit toe hy en Craig onlangs oor die aanval op die ANC-kantore in Londen gesels het. Die polisie-geskiedkundige wat in die koverte-SAP-bedrywighede belangstel het ‘n uiters moeilike taak.] Reeds in die verlede het ek baie belang gestel in ons polisie-geskiedenis. Omdat ek nie “kwaad” vir Dirk was nie, het met hom gesels as ons mekaar in Pretoria raakgeloop het. Tydens sy departementele verhoor deur die senior landdros van Pretoria het ek hom dikwels voor die hof raakgeloop op my pad na die SSVR in Byron Place. Ons het dan gesels – die man het my “niks” gedoen nie!8

Genl George Fivaz Dirk het my die volgende storie vertel: Hy het by die ANC aangesluit en is ‘n hoë pos in die “nuwe” polisiediens belowe. Hy moes egter vir die ANC iemand as was selfs nie bang vir mnr PW Botha of genl Magnus Malan nie. Mens speel nie sommer met ‘n leeu se stert nie. Soms het ek gemymer oor die “goeie inligting” wat hulle van goeie bronne gekry het. Ek het soms gewonder of hulle nie as ‘n “front” vir een of ander inligtingsorganisasie, as agente van verandering, opgetree het nie. Daar was egter GEEN sodanige feite tot my beskikking nie. Hulle was baie in die kol met hul berigte en stories. Hul finale produk was in die kol. - HBH 7 Onder leiding van kapt Derek Brune het ek my RS-kursus aldaar ondergaan - HBH 8 Die raad van ondersoek was waarskynlik deur die afgetrede hoof-landros Burger waargeneem – Dr Dreyer van der Merwe (Justisie).

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kommissaris aanwys. Nadat hy navorsing gedoen het, het hy besluit dat genl-maj George Fivaz die beste/regte persoon op daardie stadium sou wees om as die nuwe nasionale kommissaris aangestel te word. [Genl-maj George Fivaz was ‘n uitstaande offisier.] Dirk beweer aan my; dat hy genl Fivaz vir ‘n ete genooi het na ‘n restaurant in Kerkstraat – destyds was daar ‘n waterval in die restaurant – dit was glo naby Sterland. So het die ‘polisie-lessenaar’ op die ANC-hoofkantoor dan besluit genl Fivaz is die regte persoon. Sy “hande was skoon”, hy was intelligent en aanvaarbaar vir die ANC. Geskiedenis sal bewys dat kol TG Truter en genl Fivaz die moeilikste diensbeurte gehad het – albei moes verskillende magte saamsnoer in een Mag. Genl George Fivaz het vir my eendag die volgende storie vertel: Eendag roep genl Swart hom in. Hy vertel vir hom dat hy (Swart) die nuwe (nasionale) kommissaris gaan word. Genl Fivaz moet vir hom ‘n toespraak van posaanvaarding voorberei. Dit het hy gedoen en die toespraak is etlike kere verander en gewysig. Later is genl Fivaz na genl Van der Merwe wat destyds die kommissaris van die SAP was en het hom toe ingelig dat hy, wat Fivaz was, die nuwe nasionale kommissaris gaan word. So is die geskiedenis maar ... ons het geen beheer oor die geskiedenis nie! (Of wie die kommissaris gaan word nie!) Nota: Ek vertel die stories (of te wel bewerings) soos ek dit gehoor het; slegs omdat dit ‘n bydrae mag lewer om ons polisiegeskiedenis te verstaan en vir die nageslag te vertel “hoe dit was”.

Die veiligheidspolisie se Hemel Agternawysheid is ‘n eksakte wetenskap! Die hele geval van Dirk Coetzee kon egter vermy gewees het. Ongelukkig was sekere mense in die V-tak ongenaakbaar, onnadenkend en verwaand: Onthou hoofkantoor is NOOIT verkeerd nie. Brig Piet Goosen was egter ‘n man met wie mens kon gesels en was vatbaar vir innoverende gedagtes. Hy was toe ‘n assistent-kommissaris en self maar katvoet vir adjunkkommissarisse. Die latere lt-genl FG “Frik” van Zyl was self ook op veiligheidshoofkantoor en het in my teenwoordigheid na ‘n sekere seksie verwys as die “Hemel”. Dit moet vertel word dat die veiligheidstak ook ʼn lelike-menslike kant gehad het, veral as dit by verplasings en grensdiens gekom het! Eendag het ek ‘n bejaarde kaptein van ontsteltenis weemoedig in die gang sien staan. Hy was ‘n vriend van ‘n buitestasie op ‘n kleinerige dorp, daar was wel ‘n DK-setel op die dorp. Sy gade het goeie betrekking gehad en sy kinders was op hoërskool en hy is sonder genade na die operasionele gebied verplaas – vertoë ten spyt. My een kollega het aan seisoenaal hooikoors gelei en is genomineer vir grensdiens. Toe hy vra om later grensdiens te verrig wanneer hy nie aan hooikoors lei nie – is die antwoord: “Kry kliniese verslag by 1 Mil wat verklaar dat jy medies ongeskik vir polisiewerk is”. Die polisie was nie

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net “maanskyn en rose” nie, daar was aksie en avontuur, maar ook moeilike dae wat ons eerder vergeet! Samevatting: Dinge, goed en sleg, gebeur vir ‘n bepaalde doel. Iemand moet soms ongewilde besluite neem. Alles het so gebeur en dit het sekerlik tot gevolg gehad dat genl-maj George Fivaz die nasionale kommissaris geword het.

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… “Seconds Out”… By Nico Moolman and Bronwyn Noeth “When heavyweight boxer Tommy Farr travelled to New York in 1937 to take on World Champion Joe Louis, many predicted he’d be knocked out in the first round. But, by the end of the bout, he'd won the respect of boxing fans worldwide and booked his place in boxing history, where the Louis vs Farr fight is remembered as one of the greatest of all time. Farr was an incredibly brave, skilful fighter. “A Welshman in the Bronx” looks at the six week period leading up to the fight. Press conferences and publicity stunts became a daily routine for the bewildered 23 year old, as was the unwelcome attention of mobsters and gangsters determined to make money from his failure. But although the odds were stacked against him, he remained undeterred. At the weigh in, Louis asked how Farr had gained the distinctive scars on his back. They were the result of a mining accident, but Farr led Louis to believe they were gained from wrestling tigers, visibly unsettling his opponent. Farr took Louis the distance, but lost on a controversial point’s decision. He may have lost on the night, but Farr had boxed the fight of his life, winning the admiration of the boxing world, and setting him on a path that would see his extraordinary rise from rags to riches” It is all over the Internet. Joe Louis this and Tommy Farr that but there is another side to the story. One that echoes where men are men and a man’s word is a man’s word, such as: After retiring from the boxing ring Tommy moved to Hove and he became the Landlord of the Royal Standard in Queen's Road Brighton, England. Farr took an active part in local affairs, being a prominent member of the Sussex Ex-Boxers Association. Chris Moolman from Ermelo, Archie Frazer and a few other South Africans ended up in Brighton after being liberated from the German prison camps as POW’s at the end of World War II. Tommy Farr took a liking to these soldiers and soon became friends with them. The photos on the wall were that of a boxer’s world. Now, it is not common knowledge but Joe Louis and Tommy Farr had a bone to pick with each other. Some high ranking American army officer helped in organising the bout, as Joe was entertaining troops in Europe at the end of the war. It was early one morning after the bars closed and in this gymnasium in Brighton the two greats met. A full-fledged match was about to happen, proper referee and all and although no tickets were sold, only a handpicked few attended. No cameras were allowed and men were sworn to secrecy about the fight and the outcome was… Only after Tommy Farr died in 1986 did Chris Moolman tell the story of how Tommy knocked the #@?!!# (you know what) out of Joe Louis in the early hours of that morning in Brighton, once again just proving what was a known fact throughout the world by then, that Tommy was the best. Chris Moolman however, won eighty pounds that night for the bet he placed on Tommy, with the odds 10/1. The autographed photo postcard Chris got from Tommy is still a proud keepsake with his son. British boxer from Clydach Vale, Wales, and nicknamed “the Tonypandy Terror” was born Thomas George Farr on 12 March 1913. Prior to 1936, he had 31


boxed in the light heavyweight division, in which he was the Welsh champion until he became the British and Empire heavyweight champion on 15 March 1937. BBC news (www.bbc.com), on Tommy Farr’s biography stated that, “Tommy didn't want to be a boxer, he wanted to be a chef. But even at 12 Tommy was a lump of a lad, and so started making a few bob by fighting grown men at the boxing booths at the fair.” BBC reporter continued, “They weren't sanctioned fights against opponents matched in weight. If they thought they could win the prize on offer, anyone in the crowd young or old, big or small - could pay sixpence and have a pop at Tommy”, and this is where Tommy’s career as a boxer began, little did he know at that young age that his name would be placed among the stars of all time. Tommy Farr died on 1 March 1986. Photo1: The autographed photo postcard Chris got from Tommy is still a proud keepsake with his son. Invitation – see next story

Credit to: Ms Bronwyn Noëth – senior journalist / Ermelo Insight Community Newspaper.

The day the Queen visited Ermelo: Bronwyn Noeth History books have proven that dreams can come true and fairy-tales can be real, and the Moolman family can most certainly vouch for this. A young Chris Moolman and his wife, during 1947, lived the story one reads about in fairy tales. Ermelo also has a very rich history from the very beginning, and has seen many memorable occurrences. One of the first and certainly most worthy of remembrance happened during the months of March through to April in 1947, when King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret visited the Union of South Africa.

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It was said that during the Royal Visit, the simple dignity of the Royal party won over the hearts of all as they made their way from the shores of Port Elizabeth across country and attended a magnificently elaborate ball in Springs. As the Royals journeyed in the direction of Springs to attend the ball, one of the many towns they passed through was none other than our very own Ermelo. As if having the queen travel the roads of our beloved town isn’t enough to cause an elated sense of pride and honour, a young man who resided most of his life in this town and was a Station Commander at Hartbeeskop Police Station 7 miles from the Oshoek border post near Swaziland, namely Chris Moolman, caught the attention of and was addressed by the queen herself. As he was a mounted policeman of repute he was nominated by his Commander as one of the escorts for the Royal Visit motorcade in Ermelo. Chris Moolmans’s uncle, Mr Hendrik Mentz, led the procession into town for the parade; pomp and splendour on his horse named ‘Try-Me’. On the day of the parade Chris Moolman rode right next to the car of his Majesty King George and Princess Elizabeth, and it was then that the queen noticed the regal form and the lives of Mr and Mrs Moolman changed as they would, from then on, have wonderous stories to tell.

“During their time in Springs, attending the royal ball, my parents were presented with a medallion, which I am proud to say is still in my possession”, renown author Nico Moolman, a man with deep set roots in Ermelo, told the Ermelo Insight journalist. “The circular shaped silver bears the conjoint busts of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. On the reverse side, is the cipher of King George and Queen Elizabeth surmounted by a crown and along the round edge of the medallion, bears 33


the words, ROYAL VISIT 1947, and is not only a treasure of historical artefact value but bears enormous sentimental value to us Moolmans”. Nico went on to share a few of the exciting, once-in-a-lifetime-moments his parents had the privilege of experiencing in the presence of royalty and upon their return home, divulged their friends and family with. Nico fondly tells of the passed down memories of this momentous occasion, saying and I quote: “I’ve been told of how my mom spoke, with a twinkle in her eye, of when my dad smiled at Princess Elizebeth upon the introduction ceremony. The man in uniform caused Her Majesty to blushingly respond with a shy smile as the hint of red on her glowing cheeks grew brighter”, said Nico, “and at Standerton my mother took a nice photo of Field Marshall Jan Smuts and Princess Elizabeth when she was introduced to the AngloBoer War 'Oud-Stryders”. The Royal Tour to South Africa was not only an incredibly memorable happening for the country but also an inspirationally exhilarating experience of those privileged enough to have had the honour of witnessing the royal family in all their splendour first hand. The Royal Tour also bore much significance to the queen as this had been Her Majesty's first official overseas visit. Since then, overseas visits have become one of her most important duties such as the historic event where Her Majesty undertook a six-day state visit to South Africa, the first since 1947, following the end of apartheid. And so goes the true story of how ordinary people, from our very own Ermelo, had the opportunity to live the fairy tale and enjoy the audience they had in the presence of royalty. Credit: Bronwyn Noëth – senior journalist / Ermelo Insight Community Newspaper.

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Visit to Johannesburg War Museum

Front: General JJ “Jannie” Geldenhuys and Lt Gen Denis Earp Back: Messers Henry, Hamish Patterson, Hylton “Noddy” Davidson, Andries Visser and Dave Fell our host for the day.

Hamish had just explained the Korean War exhibit – Gen Earp (centre) was a POW held by the Communists in N Korea.

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2nd from the left: The later Gen Dutton (SA Army)

General S Nyanda’s uniform and 17 medal-ribbons. Can you identify the medals?

Units of the 2nd SA Division – 1 SAP & 2 SAP were part of 6 SA Infantry Division

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The suit in which Gen Koos de la Rey was shot during by Const Drury during 1914 in Langlaagte. The hat was worn during the AB war by Denys Reitz – later a Colonel during WW1

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At 32 Bn as exhibited

Top & Bottom: Dave Fell in front of Russian GAZ-vehicles. He has driven them.

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Land mines are deadly / Landmyne is lewensgevaarlik Oloff Bergh: Alex Faria

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Hel Hennie, Ek is besig om op te lees oor ou skeepswrakke en ontdek dat Oloff Bergh ‘n blêddie dief was. LOL Ek sien hulle spel sy naam Olaf maar daar kan seer sekerlik nie twee verskillende ouens wees – een Oloff en die ander Olaf Bergh ! Groete Porra

6 Nossa Senhora dos Milagros 1686 - Replica Ivory Statuette Portuguese East Indiaman commanded by Don Emmanual de Silva. Wrecked in Struisbaai on 16 April 1686 at night, while on a homeward-bound voyage from Goa, with Jesuit priests, three ambassadors from the King of Siam, with hand crafted gold and silver jewelry as well as porcelain, ivory, soapstone and wooden ornament presents for the Kings of Portugal, England and France. Olaf Bergh stole jewels from this wreck and Simon van der Stel had him sentenced to three years imprisonment on Robben Island. Many of the survivors lost their lives while trying to reach Cape Town. 

Alex Faria, who lives in Cape Town, is interested in the history of the Portuguese in Southern Africa

Begrafnisbrief: Lt-genl JG Dreyer

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Ons het opgestyg: Kol MJJ van Rensburg Ons het opgestyg en hoër en hoër, Net nader aan die son, soos Ikarus. Ons vlieg in `n land van rus, Waar daar geen burgerskap en oorlog is. Ons vlieg ver bokant die berge en die wolke. Ons DC4 Skymaster se vier motore brom Hulle hartklop is alles in die kajuit opgesom. Dis net ons en ons vliegmasjien. Na vier ure vlieg ons oor die Etosha. Met ons praat klaar gepraat, dis net water wat ons sien. Die buskruit reuk van die tweede wêreld oorlog Hang net vier en twintig jaar oor my land. Was die Duitsers werklik ons vyand in die oorlog? Wie is dan ons vyand in hierdie grens oorlog ? Hoe gretig loop die wêreld se spore oorlog toe, Spyskaarte van tegnologie en wapentuig. Is daar êrens `n ompad na vrede. Wie het ons verstrengel in die spinnerak van oorlog? Ons styg op `n honderd maal, of `n duisend keer. Dit is ons brood en botter, daarom weet ek nie meer. Ons vervoer helikopters, polisie en soldate, More is dit koeëls, voedsel en whisky. Droom ek! Hierdie werklikheid, hoe lank? 42


Ons vlieg die eerste slagoffer polisieman huistoe En die oorlog neem sy slagoffers meer en meer. Niemand mag sê nie, maar die land is seer. My volk se mooi seuns in nog `n oorlog. Ons het gehoop ons gaan gou huiswaarts keer Ons is immers `n Israel land met Bybel en geweer Ons vlieg teen die Weskus en die woestyn se tande, Ons kruis Angola heen en weer Ons vlieg lag deur Angola se groen berge. Daar is groot here huise van die elite Portugese. Helaas , n jaar later staan net die uitgebrande karkasse. Weerloos het ons weg gekruip in die wolke. Gedurig was ons vyand die Mig vegvliegtuie. Hulle het ons gesoek met hulle projektiele. My makkers is in die stert getrek Maar n hoër hand het hulle bewaar, In Angola vlieg my Dakota in `n Afrika storm Diw swart wolke smyt ons rond soos `n lap. Ons is verblind deur die verwoede weerlig strale. N Blou weerlig slaan oor my kop en deur die vliegtuig. Al ons instrumente is uit geslaan. Die hael verwoes al ons vliegbeheer vlakke En soos `n duisend kieries slaan hulle alles vol duike. Ons het verskrik geland met motore en ons lewe.. Twintig jaar lank het ons op gestyg. Van my makkers het die laaste keer opgestyg. Met my was dit anders beskore. Ek was ook male in rampe en smarte. Op die kantlyn kekkel die tandlose satan. Hy teug aan die goue beker van sjampanje. Deur die rook van sy Kubaanse sigare Inspireer hy die een wêreld regering politikusse. Elke drankie was die bloed van my medesoldate Gestort in vreemde lande. Hulle sê die Grensoorlog het gestaak En ons in glorie en boedel moet oor gee. Net so twintig jaar uit ons lewe gevee. Ikarus is huis toe met gesmelte vlerke. Die medics het nie medisyne vir wonde in die siel Die Ratel, Buffels en tenks staan verleë Soos uit gebrande monsters en kerse.. Die soldate is rokende lamp pitte. 43


Ons het die oorlog gewen Maar die grensoorlog sal nooit sy einde ken, Is daar `n `plek op aarde Waar die paaie nie loop na oorlog Weg te vlug van die Gog en die Magog. Waar kan ek `n kraffie stilte koop?, Miskien op die plaas onder die sampioen. Ek is voor die Here `n beswaarde. Op my petwapen staan geskrywe PER ASPERA AD ASTRA. Deur die wolke na die sterre MJJ van Rensburg November 2015

Lt-genl Hendrik Jacobus du Plooy: Theresa du Plooy Geagte Hennie, Ek probeer iemand help wat familie is van lt-genl Hendrik Jacobus du Plooy, gebore 1904 in Kroonstad en graag meer spesifieke inligting van hom en sy gade probeer bekom. Hy is in 1929 getroud met Gertie Helena de Wet van Umtata. Die dame wil baie graag lt genl du Plooy se geboorte en - afsterwe datums bekom, asook die van sy eggenote. Indien daar enige foto’s van homself of sy vrou beskikbaar is sal dit ook baie welkom wees en ook die spesifieke plek (begraafplaas) waar hulle begrawe is. Wie hulle kinders is, ens? Ek sal dit hoog op prys stel as u ons enigsins kan of mag voorsien van inligting. Baie dankie, Groete, Theresa du Plooy Volksrust 7 November 2015

Major-General J.A. Brink: Glenn Poley Dear Glenn Poley, I am responding to your recent submission to a contact form on the website of eNongqai Publications - http://www.enongqaipublications.com

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Your submission read as follows: Hi, Can you help please. I'm doing some family research on my distant relatives. I'm related to Major-General J.A. Brink who was the Police Commissioner between 1951-1954. Do you have any information on him at all? I'm looking for birth date, death date, relative details e.g. father, mother, children etc. Would really appreciate if you have any information that will help me fill up the gaps in my family tree. Kind regards Glenn I’ve submitted your request to the owner of the website, Mr Hennie Heymans, who will pass on any further info he has about Major-General J.A. Brink. We have a special page on the website dedicated to Major-General J.A. Brink: http://www.enongqaipublications.com/maj-gen-ja-brink.html Good luck with your research! Kind Regards Glenn Elsden Webmaster: eNongqai Publications

Brig Johan Giliomee Goeiemiddag my ou vriend, Net gou ’n paar woorde om dankie te sê vir Nongqai 6.7 en 6.8 – ek kon beide sonder enige probleme ‘aflaai / download’. Ek kan sien wat jy bedoel het toe jy onlangs gesê het “...Hy gaan dik - maar interessant - wees! “ – dit gaan my beslis tot in die nuwe jaar besig hou, nogmaals baie dankie, ek kan nie wag om te begin lees nie. Mooi bly en baie groete, Johan (39913)

Abu Dhabi Police Horses: Alan Betts Hello, I wonder if you can assist me, I did try and call. I am a retired UK Police Officer now working for the Abu Dhabi Police. The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) are keen to learn from the experiences of the South African Police in respect of mounted policing. ADP are trying to benchmark with South Africa as a Police Force or with a particular city how they manage mounted policing, specifically: 

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How many riders? What sort of policing roles are your horses used for? Over what hours are horses used? What sort of horse breeds are your horses? What sort of temperatures can your horses operate in?

We would be very grateful if you could assist in any way. Many thanks and regards Alan Betts Abu Dhabi Police

Crime: Farm Attacks in South Africa ANC-regering kry bloedneus by Verenigde Nasies met VF Plus se voorlegging oor plaasmoorde: Dr Pieter Mulder: 2015-11-25 Suid-Afrika se missie by die Verenigde Nasies (VN) in Genève, Switserland wat die VF Plus gister wou keer om ʼn voorlegging oor Suid-Afrika se gebrekkige regstelsel en die hoë voorkoms van plaasmoorde en moord in die land te doen, het ʼn bloutjie geloop toe Amerika ingegryp en aanbeveel het dat die voorlegging gelewer moet word. Die missie se woordvoerder het rassisme en apartheid opgehaal in die argumente en aangevoer daar kan nie van Suid-Afrika se regering verwag word om statistiek oor moorde aan ras te koppel nie. Die syfers wat die VF Plus in sy voorlegging gebruik het - soos oor plaasmoorde – sluit egter alle rasse sonder onderskeid in. Volgens mnr. André Fourie, voorsiter van die VF Plus se komitee oor internasionale verhoudinge en raadslid vir die Stad Kaapstad, wat die voorlegging gedoen het, het dié poging van die missie net die teenoorgestelde uitwerking gehad. Amerika het tewens aanbeveel dat die voorlegging ‘onmiddellik’ gelewer word en lidlande het daarna met groter aandag geluister na die VF Plus se voorlegging wat voor die Menseregtekommissie van die VN se Forum oor Minderheidsregte gelewer is. Mnr. Fourie sê die gebeure maak dit duidelik dat die wêreld nou lank genoeg na die verskonings van apartheid en rassisme geluister het wat die ANC aanbied om hul mislukkings mee te verdedig. Hier volg die VF Plus se volledige voorlegging:

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Notwithstanding the annual rebuttal by the South African government delegation, wishing us away, we are back here to draw the attention of this Minority Forum to the alarming increase in and the continuous brutal murders of farmers and farm workers, in the privacy of their farms, taking place in our country since 1994, without the necessary protection and/or prohibitive measures in place within our Criminal Justice System. We have no option but to internationalise the violence and atrocities directed at and targeting a strategic minority community enterprise responsible not only for food security, but - which contributes considerably to job creation, economic growth and the prosperity of the entire South African nation. The urgent attention of this august body is called for in the light of: • Various commissions and committees of enquiries, plans and strategies, acknowledgements and commitments from the South African authorities having come to nothing; • An unacceptably high total of 1775 farm murders have been committed from 1990 to date – figures privately kept by TAUSA and Instiutute for Security Studies in the absence of official government statistics; • The overall annual murder rate in SA now stands at 17857 of which only 23.8% are brought to conviction – this proves how the Criminal Justice System fails the victims; • The comparative international murder figures showing an average of 7 murders per 100 000 people per year whereas South Africa registers 32 per 100 000 – but, if projected to specific categories it reflects 54 per 100 000 for police officers and a staggering 133 per 100 000 for farmers and farm workers; • The Criminal Justice System in South Africa has failed its own promise to put in place a proposed Area Crime Combatting Unit or Sector Policing System to replace the abolished highly successful Commando-protection-system; and • The decision by the policing authority, not to release these facts and figures related to farm murders since 2007, as a separate category, serves as an indictment against their clear neglect to protect this particular minority entity. Therefore, we, the Freedom Front Plus of South Africa, together with other registered South African participants at this Forum – Request this 8th Forum on Minority Issues to share and adopt our grave concerns, and - to refer this matter to the Human Rights Commission and the Secretary General of the United Nations for its own investigation into this continuous cruel and violent practice committed with brutal force, and - often extreme torture, against the South African farming fraternity. I sincerely hope that the panel who introduced this item will take the trouble to take this matter on board and pay SA a visit to inform themselves!

Brief History of the South African Navy: Capt (SAN) (Ret) Charles Ross The earliest beginning of the Navy can be traced to the establishment of a part time volunteer corps, Natal Naval Volunteers, in April 1885 in Durban while a similar unit, Cape Naval Volunteers, was formed in Cape Town in 1905. The Natal Naval Volunteers, as part of the British Naval Brigade, were in action during the Siege of

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Ladysmith as well as at Colenso, Chievely, Mount Alice and a number of other, during the South African War (Anglo Boer War) 1899 - 1902. With the establishment of the Union of South Africa on 31 May 1910 and the promulgation of the South African Defence Act of 1912 these two units amalgamated in 1913 to from the South African Division of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve {(RNVR (SA)}. Attempts to establish an own Naval Force continued but was shelved at the start of the First World War in August 1914. South Africa entered the war without any warships of her own. The German South West African campaign in 1914 as part of the First World War was the RNVR (SA)’s first assignment as a large number of the Union Defence Force’s personnel had to be transported by sea and landed at Port Nolloth, Luderitzbücht, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. For this a number of British liners, merchantmen and local coasters, tugs and whalers were chartered, requisitioned or pressed into service by the Union Government. Some 24 local coasters, whalers and small craft participated in the German South West African campaign. During World War 1 more than 400 members of the RNVR (SA) served with the Royal Navy in every theatre of the war. Two more bases, East London and Port Elizabeth, were established after the war. In every theatre of war. 48


In 1921 the South African Naval Service was established comprising 3 minesweeping vessels that were transferred from the Royal Navy. At the same time the four RNVR (SA) bases continued to operate. Hardship and a shortage of funds during the 1920’s forced the Union Government to dispose of the three ships and the South African Naval Service was virtually disbanded in 1934. The South African Seaward Defence Force was established in January 1940 with Rear Admiral Guy Halifax CMG as its first commander while the responsibility for operating the Minesweepers, Anti-Submarine Vessels, examination and signal duties was taken over from the Royal Navy. 01 August 1942 saw the amalgamation of the Seaward Defence Force with the RNVR (SA) to from the South African Naval Forces (SANF) who at the peak of the war consisted of 78 vessels. This unit was renowned for the exploits of its “little ships” which ran the gauntlet transporting supplies between Alexander and Tobruk. The crews of the “little ships” were awarded the greatest number of decorations won by the South African Naval personnel during the war. Almost 3 000 officers and ratings were seconded to the Royal Navy ensuring that South African sailors saw service in every major Naval operation during World War 2 which includes the Russian convoys, DDay landings and serving in the Fleet Air Arm. In addition 78 South Africans was transferred to the Royal Marines. In 1943 the South African Woman’s Auxiliary Naval Service (SWANS) was established and almost 300 served in various administration and communication posts. The name “SWANS” remain with the South African Navy to today when referring to the female members of the Navy. 329 South African sailors were killed while 225 received awards for gallantry and distinguished service during the Second World War. 225 South African sailors are commemorated on the Naval Memorial in Plymouth.

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At the end of World War 2 the Union Government decided to establish a permanent Naval service and on 01 May 1946 the South African Navy (PF) was established with 60 officers and 806 other ranks. Its fleet consisted of three Loch Class Frigates (HMSAS GOOD HOPE, HMSAS TRANSVAAL, and HMSAS NATAL) two Boom defence vessels (HMSAS BARCROSS, which later became HMSAS SOMERSET, and HMSAS BARBRAKE, which later became HMSAS FLEUR) one Minelayer and twelve harbour defence motor launches. During 1947 the Algerine Class Ocean Minesweepers HMSAS BLOEMFONTEIN and HMSAS PIETERMARITZBURG were added to the fleet. By 1951 the South African Navy (PF) had grown to 132 officers and 1 499 other ranks with the addition of two Destroyers (HMSAS JAN VAN RIEBEECK and HMSAS SIMON VAN DER STEL), a survey ship (HMSAS PROTEA). In the same year the South African Corps of Marines was established comprising coastal artillery and anti-aircraft artillery regiments. The Marines was disbanded in 1955. The Simon’s Town agreement was signed in 1955 in terms of which the South African Navy would expand and the Simon’s Town Naval base and the Naval Dockyard handed over to South Africa on 01 April 1957. Simon’s Town naval Base became the Navy’s primary Naval Base. Naval Headquarters was also re-located from Pretoria to Simon’s Town. In terms of the agreement the South African Navy a number of ships would be added to the Fleet. These included 3 Type 12 Anti-Submarine Frigates, SAS PRESIDENT KRUGER, SAS PRESIDENT STEYN AND SAS PRESIDENT PRETORIUS, 10 Ton-Class Minesweepers and 5 FordClass Seaward Defence Boats (SDB). 50


In 1961 the Tug De Noorde was added to the Fleet, 1967 the the Fleet Replenishing vessel SAS TAFELBERG was commissioned, 1969 saw the addition of another Tug De Neys and later the Torpedo Recovery vessel SAS FLEUR (the first Warship to be designed and built in South Africa), 1970 saw the establishment of the Submarine branch with the arrival of SAS MARIA VAN RIEBEECK who was soon followed by SAS EMILY HOBHOUSE and SAS JOHANNA VAN DER MERWE. The Hydrographic Survey ship, SAS PROTEA, joined the Fleet in 1972. Due to the arms embargo the order for additional Submarines and Corvettes were cancelled in 1977. In 1981 the River Class Mine Counter Measurers Vessels joined the Fleet. On 04 July 1976 the South African Navy was represented by its Flagship, SAS PRESIDENT KRUGER, in the International Naval review in New York commemorating the bicentenary of the Independence of the United States of America. She was one of 53 ships from 22 countries. To protect South Africa’s harbours against threats the South African Marines was established in 1979. The Marines were deployed to South West Africa (Namibia) during the Border War where they manned boats on the Zambezi River operating out of Katima Mulilo. On their return the Marines was also deployed internally in support of the South African Army. During 1980 the Strike Craft Flotilla was commissioned in Durban and the 6 Strike Craft, equipped with missiles, two 76mm guns and smaller close range weapons, were based there and made up the bulk of the Navy’s strike capability. 18 February 1982 is one of the darkest days in the history of the South African Navy. The ships SAS TAFELBERG, SAS PRESIDENT KRUGER, SAS PRESIDENT PRETORIUS and SAS EMEILY HOBHOUSE conducted exercises when the SAS TAFELBERG AND SAS PRESIDENT KRUGER collided resulting the sinking of the SAS PRESIDENT KRUGER with the loss of 16 lives.

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In 1984 the largest and most sophisticated vessel ever designed and built in South Africa, SAS DRAKENSBERG, was launched in Durban. SAS DRAKENSBERG was the new Fleet Replenishing vessel. During 1987 and early 1988 the Fleet Replenishing Vessel SAS TAFELBERG underwent a major refit during which she was converted to a “Amphibious Landing Ship” able to land Marines by Delta boats while the flight deck was also enlarged. This capability was tested during the largest peacetime exercise, Exercise MAGERSFONTEIN, near Walvis Bay during September/October 1988. During 1989 the Border War came to an end and defence spending came under severe pressure which the Navy did not escape. With the need for new ships now critical, the Marines was disbanded, some shore establishments closed and 23% of its personnel retrenched. 1993 saw the arrival of the Ukrainian built Icebreaker, Juvent, and soon to be renamed SAS OUTENIQUA replacing the decommissioned SAS TAFELBERG. 27 April 1994 saw the establishment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and once again the pressure was on defence spending and improving the effectiveness of the SANDF. In 1999 the SAN was once again restructured with the former Chief of Naval Operations shifting his flag from Pretoria to Simon’s Town. And all flotillas placed under his command. A newly established General Support Base took over the Administration and Logistics function.

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Today the South African Navy is a force to reckoned with and operates Valour Class Frigates each carrying a Westland Super Lynx helicopter, Type 209 Submarines, Fleet Replenishment Vessel, Hydrographical Survey Vessel, Warrior Class Fast Attack Craft, River Class Coastal Mine Hunters, T-Craft Inshore Patrol Vessels, Namacura Class Harbour Patrol Boats and a number of Tugs. Since 2001 the South African Navy has been deployed in support of the Peace Mission in Burundi. 

Next time the Navy ranks will be discussed.

Rooidam Military Cemetery: Bloemfontein: Capt (SAN) (Ret) C Ross The Rooidam Military Cemetery is located in the Groenvlei Small Holgings area near the Tempe Military Base in Bloemfontein and is no longer in use. There are 77 Commonwealth graves and 49 graves from the Garrison Force stationed in Bloemfontein after the South African War (Anglo Boer War 1899 – 1902). In addition many of the family of the Garrison troops who died while deployed in South Africa are also buried in the cemetery. This includes wives and children. The Commonwealth graves, most of them from the Tempe Military Hospital, are all from the First World War and includes amongst other 59 South African casualties, 7 from the United Kingdom (which includes 1 each from the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy Volunteer 53


Reserves), 5 from East Africa and 1 each from Australia, Canada and Uganda. 18 of the South African casualties are from the South African Infantry, 6 from the South African Mounted Rifles, 4 from the South African Medical Corps, 3 each from the South African Horse, South African Service Corps and Military Labour Corps, 2 each from the returned Soldiers Battalion, South African Engineer Corps, South African Artillery, South African Military Constabulary, South African Native Labour Corps and the South African Railway Service. The rest are made up of single graves of various South African units. Within the cemetery is also the Rooidam African Cemetery memorial commemorating the 21 casualties from the South African Native Labour Corps who buried in the African Cemetery about 1 kilometer away and who’s grave could not be located. The 48 of the Garrison graves covers the period 1907 to 1914 and include 11 casualties from the Dragoon Guards, 4 from the Royal Engineers, 4 from the Scottish Rifles and 3 from the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. There is also a member of the Cape Mounted Rifles buried. The cemetery is maintained by the South African Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Mangaung/ Bloemfontein Municipality recently erected a new name board in the cemetery.

Polmed: Luit Kol Gideon Serfontein Tel : 011 672 4765 Faks : 011 672 4765 Sel : 082 412 1326 E-pos : gideonjs@mweb.co.za

Nasionale Sekretaris Mackenziestraat 29 FLORIDA PARK 1709 24 November 2015

ALLE TAKBESTURE Beste Bondkollegas, POLMED

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Aangeheg vind asb. ‘n lys van Kliëntedienssentrums wat van 01 Januarie 2015 met die oorname van MEDSCHEME in werking gestel sal word. Daar word ook CLO’s (Client Liason Officers) aangestel wat by verskillende polisiestasies op sekere dae beskikbaar sal wees om aandag aan lede se klagtes te gee. Hierdie CLO’s sal gerat wees om dadelik elektronies aandag aan rekeninge en klagtes te gee. Die volgende plekke, PAARL, MAFIKENG, POTCHEFSTROOM , KING WILLIAMSTOWN en BEJAARDESORGFONDS is alreeds geïdentifiseer en CLO’s sal op dae, wat bepaal sal word soos die behoefte ontstaan, by die gemelde plekke, beskikbaar wees. Hierdie diens, sal waar daar ‘n behoefte ontstaan, verder uitgebrei word. Die bestaande tel nr 0860 765 633 waar al die nodige opsies uitgeoefen sal kan word, asook die posadres Privaatsak X16, ARCADIA, 0007 bly onveranderd. Die bestaande Polmedkaarte van lede moet gebruik word totdat die nuwe kaart met nuwe nommer ontvang word. Die bestaande kaart sal sodra die nuwe kaart vir die eerste keer gebruik word outomaties gekanselleer word. Vriendelike Bondgroete,

LUIT-KOL NASIONALE SEKRETARIS GJ Serfontein.

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Oorkonde aan lt genl JJ Viktor deur Nongqai & “Rus en Vrede”

OORKONDE “NONGQAI & RUS EN VREDE” SALUUT gerig aan

No 23954(v) luit-genl Johannes Jacobus Viktor, SOE deur sy

oud-kollegas en vriende van die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiemag Ons salueer u as ʼn ware heer, ʼn generale-offisier, ʼn leier en rolmodel van die voormalige Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiemag Tydens u unieke loopbaan het u aan die hoë eise gestel, voldoen en het u voorgeloop in die uitvoering van ons pligte U speurpligte het u selfs na Amerika en Engeland geneem Selfs na u aftrede het u bande met u ou-kollegas behou en daardie bande van kameraderie uitgebou Ons salueer u uit erkenning vir u besonderse taakvervulling in ons polisiemag en het hierdie oorkonde ten doel om u diensbaarheid destyds hier ter lande en in die buurlande tov landsveiligheid sigbaar vir die nageslag te bewaar.

Gegee onder ons hand te Pretoria op 7 Oktober 2015

...................... /...................... / ........................ Hennie Heymans (Nongqai) / Peet Snyman (Rus & Vrede) en ander kollegas en vriende

Bring en gee “blomme” terwyl iemand leef! Ontmoeting met mnr Ronnie Kasrils Gedurende die maand het mnr Ronnie Kasrils besoek by Hennie Heymans afgelê; ltgenl JJ Viktor was ook aanwesig. Die geskiedenis van pamflet-bomme wat in emmers onder andere in Durban in die vroeë 1970 ontplof het, is bespreek. ‘n Inset vir ‘n film oor die “London Recruits” is geskiet. Ook was genl Viktor die kommissaris van die Ciskei polisie toe mnr Ronnie Kasrils “besoek” al daar afgelê het. [Kol Vic McPherson wat iemand in die saak gearresteer het, het die volgende dag sy kant van de verhaal vertel.] Ons het oor die “ou” dae gesels: Tydens die noodtoestand in Pondoland gedurende 1960 het mnr Kasrils die SAP ontglip. Ek kan onthou hoe my Vader, sersant Heymans, vertel het hoe mnr Kasrils die polisie ontglip het. Genl Viktor loop ‘n lang pad in die veiligheidstak en hy het verskeie kommuniste ondervra, waarvan Ruth First die bekendste was. Hy en mnr Kasrils het ook oor die Ciskei se dae gesels. Dit is interessant wanneer ou opponente mekaar ontmoet. 57


Ronnie Kasrils: Gewond Mnr Kasrils is in Durban een aand gewond. Hy dra steeds die litteken. Ons het voorheen oor die aanval gesels. ‘n Offisier van die Veiligheidstak het ‘n groep regsejong Afrikaners in Durban aangehits om mnr Rowley Arenstein se huis aan te val. [Sy naam is bekend: Dit was voor genl Steenkamp die afdelingsbevelvoerder geword het.] Toe die aanval beplan is, toe het die offisier die Arensteins van die aanval ingelig. Mnr Kasrils het op daardie tydstip by die Arensteins ingewoon – hulle was familie. Toe aanval kom, was hulle reg! Die aanslag is afgeweer en mnr Kasrils is in die wang gewond. Een van my skoolvriende wat aan die aanval deelgeneem het, het my skriftelik sy weergawe gegee. Alhoewel ons opponente en vyande in die verlede was, is sulke gesprekke oor die geskiedenis nuttig. Die geskiedenis moet eerlik wees. Eerlikheid is soos ‘n leeu, wanneer hy vrygelaat word kan hy vir homself sorg.

Mnr Kasrils ontvang ‘n stel “SAP 100”-glase om hom te herinner aan sy “ou” opponente; die SAP, die veiligheidstakke en die Republikeinse Intelligensie.

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“Ou vyande” neem afskeid – dit klink of iemand kon gesê het: “Ons het julle lekker opgedonner, nè?” Dit geld vir albei kante.

Transvaalse burger: Nathan Kasrils Mnr Karils se Oupa, burger Nathan Kasrils, het in die Anglo-Boere-oorlog geveg. Hy was ‘n Boere-Jood en spioen vir genl Koos de la Rey! (Indien u iewers vir burger Kasrils raaklees, deel asb met ons – HBH).

Kritici Die geskiedenis is slegs ‘n soeke na die waarheid. Die geskiedenis is ‘n soort of tipe: Kommissie of Raad van Ondersoek. Bewys u stellings deur onbetwiste feite en getuienis. Dit is ‘n poging om die verlede te probeer verstaan. U kan nie eenogig en subjektief na die geskiedenis kyk nie. Soms besluit ons deur konsensus te bereik wat die geskiedenis sal wees? Geskiedenis het vir my al wonderlike oomblikke besorg:

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 In Ethiopië, ek het gesien presies waar mnr Nelson Mandela in die Kolfe Polisie-barakke geslaap het. Waar hy opgelei is, ek het met Mandela se instrukteurs gesels en klankopnames van die gesprekke gemaak. (Van die instrukteurs is nogal in Israel opgelei!) Ek was teenwoordig toe my gas van SWAPO vir Herman Grobler ontmoet het – hulle het teen mekaar geveg. In Nederland het ek op die plek gestaan waar prins Willem van Oranje gedurende 1584 te Delft deur Balthazar Gerhards gedood is. 59


Die besoek aan die brug by die rivier Kwai is ‘n onvergeetlike ervaring, die besoek aan Sentosa-eiland (Singapoer) of ‘n besoek aan Quimoi-eiland wat aan Taiwan behoort is treffend so ook om Boeregrafte en konsentrasiekampbegraafplase te besoek – jammer dis so verlate en soms gehawend. Baie plaaslike geskiedenis gaan verlore – dink maar aan Pretoria: Wanneer het u laas die besienswaardighede besoek? Treffend is genl CR de Wet in my gedagtes – sy standbeeld staan in Nederland in die Nasionalepark de Hoge Veluwe waar hy in die Arktiese-windjie tuur en mymer oor die verlede! Die brug by Arnhem – “A bridge too Far: Cornelius Ryan” is ‘n belewenis. Nederlandse ooggetuies het my die stories daar vertel.

Die beste vergelyking wat ek kan tref om ons nasionale veiligheidsgeskiedenis te probeer verstaan is aan die hand van ‘n treinongeluk waarin ‘n passasierstrein of passasierstreine betrokke is. Die trein is vol passasiers en in verkillende kompartemente – elke passasier beleef die ongeluk op sy eie unieke manier. Party sterf sonder om die storie te vertel – ander het die ongeluk oorleef met of sonder beserings.  

Elke storie is uniek – het ek tog net meer met Oupa Heymans oor die AngloBoereoorlog gesels! Kry u eietydse geskiedenis agtermekaar ....

Maandelikse braai: Rus en Vrede

Die varkie op die spit!

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“Ons sal hulle onthou!” Ons het die ou SAP-vlag gehys en halfmas gehang – ter ere van genl Sterkhans Dreyer.

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Die Wesranders (bo); die Vaaldriehoekers en Jaansbergers (onder)

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Blue light in support of SAPS: Anton Laas

Anton Laas shared Police pics and clips's photo. Police pics and clipsLike Page 14 mins

Had a awesome suggestion from one of our followers, Bianca de Klerk, just now! Can we as brothers and sisters in the police, as well as the general public please support this initiative! Please put a blue light bulb in your outside light by the porch, front gate or where ever it will be visible to show solidarity with our police!! Let this be a symbol of support for our boys and girls as well as your disgust at the continuing murder of our police members. The date will be from the 1January 2016 to 7 January 2016. Please support this initiative and share!! 

This is a good idea – I think we do it throughout the year; the SAPS must know where their supporters are. It’s after all our police; and we should support them because it’s the right thing to do!

Mystery of a Canadian’s grave at eNseleni (1901): Dr JC van der Walt The Honorary Game Ranger of eNseleni Game Reserve, Paul Gouge, had contacted local historian and author of, “ZULULAND TRUE STORIES 1780 to 1978”, to solve a long-standing mystery. The melancholy gravestone in the wilderness reads: “Cameron. Canadian. 1901.” A separate inscription reads: “Relocated Nov. 1950”. Was Cameron perhaps an ex-Canadian soldier who had fought in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 and who afterwards remained in South Africa? A patriotic Canada sent 7 368 troops, the Royal Canadian Regiment, to fight the Boers. It included Scout Officer Davis, a real Red Indian. Twelve Nursing Sisters accompanied the Regiment. They saw action at Paardeberg, Graspan and marched into Pretoria. Over three years, 89 Canadians died in action and 135 died of sickness. The First Contingent returned to Canada on 7 November 1900. Some Canadian troops remained in South Africa. Was Cameron one of them? It was possible to trace two Cameron’s: Lieutenant Allen Cameron, killed in action at Graspan in 1901 and Sergeant JH Cameron, who died from dysentery near Bloemfontein in 1901. Sadly, there are no official records of the survivors!

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Readers with more information are requested to please contact Dr JC van der Walt at 035-753-1433.

Honorary Game Ranger, Paul Gouge, next to the grave of the mysterious Canadian, Cameron, who died at eNseleni in 1901. Boek deur: Kol Len Els

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Inligtingsessie: kol Albert van Niekerk (SAP Logistiek – Afgetree) Albert is die seun van sersant “Punchie” van Niekerk – polisiebokskampioen van Durban-Suid se dae. Albert is ‘n geleerde en begaafde oudpolisieman. Hy het ‘n BA Pol (Hons) en is ‘n kwalifiseerde werktuigkundige asook ‘n akademies gekwalifiseerde meganikus – ken van “mouters” en dinge. Met lof geslaag. Jammer dat so polisieman

Petro en ek het die kursus baie geniet, ons het reeds geld gespaar op voortydige instandhouding van ons voertuie. Die kursus is ideaal vir groepe. Kontak Anja: 0126441074. 65


The Nongqayi Museum at eShowe: Dr. JC van der Walt The British Colonial Government established this Fort in the middle of the Dlinza Forest in eShowe in 1883 to maintain law and order in Zululand. The fort was occupied by some 90 barefoot Zulu police. Today the Fort serves as Zululand’s largest Museum Village. Fortunately the main structure of the original three-turreted building has remained relatively intact. Standing on the lawns inside the complex one can easily visualize Inspector CE Fairlie instructing the police before they set out against iNkosi Bambhatha’s rebels in 1906. The black police linked up with Government volunteer troops and they wiped out some 600 rebels in the Mome gorge of the Nkhandla forest on 6 May 1906. Some 600 rebels were brutally massacred.

The museum contains a remarkable number of exhibits like the scales used by Standard Bank at eShowe to weigh the thousands of ounces of gold mined in some 30 areas of Zululand during the period 1886 to 1931. Large photographs depict the mining activities at eNtumeni, Mfongosi, Nondweni, Melmoth and elsewhere. The Government paid gold miners 77 shillings per ounce of gold. This was equal to 44 bottles of whiskey! Zululanders exchanged their gold at the numerous shops in the vicinity of the gold mines. One pennyweight of gold was exchanged for one bottle of gin!

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Dr JC van der Walt Other exhibits depict the Zulu kings from earliest times, aspects of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the furniture of the “white Chief” John Dunn who had married some 48 Zulu wives. He sired 116 children. A replica of the silver cup that Queen Victoria gave to King Cetshwayo during his visit to England in 1882 is also on display. The best curry in Zululand is served in the Settlers’ House Restaurant, a fully licensed establishment in the museum complex.

Slot Daar is nog vele verhale van Kapt Charles Ross (SA Vloot – Afgetree), dr JC van der Walt en Nico Moolman en baie ander. Identifiseer u foto’s – identifiseer die datum, die plek en die tyd – identifiseer die mense op die foto’s en die fotograaf. Bêre u dokumente, sakboeke, dagboeke, foto’s, koerante, plakboeke ens – al die goed is belangrik om ons geskiedenis te bewaar en in die toekoms reg te vertolk. Bewaar die verlede!

Contact details / kontakbesonderhede Hennie Heymans: enongqai@gmail.com Glenn Elsden: glenn.elsden@gmail.com

Greetings – Groete Salute! Saluut! Hennie Heymans No 43630(B) © 2015

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