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December 14, 2012

South African Service Special Task Force

Ironic that I’m on my way to South Africa (SA) and have gotten two requests this month via the comms check portal to cover more units in the South African forces. Jack has done some great historical pieces on Rhodesia and elsewhere but I plan on getting an idea of how the SA SOF puzzle goes together.

Very interesting that the Special Task Force serves both a police and military role.  Look on…


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  • AndrewLaurie

    Cal18stx hay here are the full video's of the task force...http://youtu.be/xBwGQ91R5rk

  • Cal18

    @stx  Different country, different politics, different populace, different crime rate, and completely different ball game STX. The SA operators look like great guys, however they are also in a traget rich environment with different ROE's. American SWAT and SA Police are incomparable.   PS: Comparing shoot outs typically means you have never pulled the trigger.

  • JHR

    @KineticFury  @Africanadian Thats funny about the ladys in the market...Cranking Up The Joules for maximum shock.....We've got everything but elephant electric fencing. Priemer out of Zew Zealand via Iowa has good product for the mesh fencing. Their energizers are over the top good. They work.

  • JHR

    @JackMurphyRGR My sons nickname is Lion Boy.....now you know why:-) Africa....

  • mdupreez

    @JackMurphyRGR  @Africanadian Yep, this one is a bit old. A number of familiar faces in it. You are right in saying they are unconventional. That stems quite a bit from their origins. In the early years some members of the South African police were assisting the Rhodesians along their Northern border as part of COIN operations. Many of the initial task force operators were trained by SF elements, which were also pretty new at the time. They certainly are just as effective in urban environments as they are in rural environments. Parts of their selection seem to be very similar to SA SF selection.