When Whites Push Back
This article is the penultimate in a series that explores the perceived “white right” – highlighting their beliefs, fears, and preparations. Last week, we examined the Suidlanders and their peculiar affinity for camping as an answer to ethnic cleansing.
On the other side of the coin, and some would argue the more aggressive side, is the Kommandokorps. While it may be reminiscent of the AWB at the height of its popularity, it is the opinion of the author that they are far more disciplined, level-headed, and responsible.
At the head of this organization is a chap called Kommandant Franz Jooste, a former officer in the South African National Defence Force. Following the dissolution of the age-old Kommando structure in the mid-nineties by the ANC, the Kommandokorps came to prominence as a legal alternative.
Now for those of you that were born in the subsequent years of ‘94, or you’re simply out of touch with South African History, the original Kommando’s were the Boer answer to English imperialism – Yes, I know it might be difficult to fathom for our darker toned South Africans that whites were also at the butt end of apartheid and one stage; and yes we also suffered forced relocations. In any event, as much as APLA/MK was an answer to apartheid era policies by the ANC, the original Kommando’s were an answer to the British Imperialists and pretty much anything else that threatened their farms and their livelihoods in the Transvaal / Vrystaat.
Reputed for being able to survive unsupported in the field for extended periods, their agility, military tact, and overcoming the odds despite overwhelming numbers; they were eventually incorporated in the SAPS reservist system – all but rendering them defunct. Hence creating an ideal environment for establishing the Kommandokorps, thereby retaining sought after skills.
Considering their prowess, the reformed Kommandokorps aims to train, and instil the military discipline once found widespread under white South African youth. More importantly, however, is the Kommandokorps’ focus on self defence training (including bushcraft, weapons handling, and battle tactics) within both rural and urban environments. Their training consists of various camps (the longer ones are 9 days) and weekly meetings – depending on your geographical location. As far as the author understands, the Pretoria Kommando even has a de facto parade ground.
While the Kommandokorps is a registered article 21 company, it is considered a highly innovative approach to paramilitary training while not falling foul of law. Bearing in mind that the old South African army was on par with some of the best in the world at that time, the author can only surmise that the quality of these training camps is top notch as it draws on the experience of yesteryear.
Now I understand that some of you might be squirming in your seat, thinking that disciplined and effective training for members of “rightwing” groups is problematic, I have to point you to the following: Throughout the Kommando(korps’) history, their nature has been defensive – pushing back only when pushed. From recent developments in the press, and even Malema’s inflaming rhetoric, Kommandant Jooste has certainly done a sterling job in keeping his troops inline and off the warpath.
All things considered, with me being a proud white South African, I’m glad one “company” has taken the initiative in preparing themselves for the growing threat of farm invasions, mine nationalisations, rampant crime, and the growing peril of re-established APLA/MK groups that widely proclaims “One settler, One Panga. Many Settlers, Many Panga’s.”