The name 'Casspir' is an anagram of the abbreviations of the customer, the South African Police (SAP), and the design authority, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR - Applied Chemistry Unit that later became MECHEM). The Casspir was designed as a mine protected APC for rural counter insurgency, this vehicle was used for urban counter insurgency and civil unrest.
The South African Defense Force also utilized the Casspir APC, but their main mine protected APC was the Buffel.
SAP : INTERNAL STABILITY DIVISION A decision has been made to establish a new semi-autonomous division in the S A Police with the primary task to combat unrest. The new division is known as the : INTERNAL STABILITY DIVISION (ISD) and will in time consist of 17 500 members. The ISD, is at present wearing camouflage uniforms with berets. An investigation is at present being done to design a new uniform for the ISD. Only members of the ISD and Special Task Force have authorization to wear camouflage uniforms. Even the division’s vehicles have their own distinctive colour (‘peppermint’ with a black stripe on the sides). This fifth division of the S A Police is primarily responsible for the combating of violence in the Republic of South Africa. This division places emphasis on preventative actions such as patrols in areas where unrest, intimidation and other unrest-related offences occur
A song written by Nick Howarth, drawing from his experience as a section commander at the Internal Stability Division.
Images from the time period 1991 -1994.
Baptism of Fire
Young man you're not alone
You have your brothers in arms
Some day you'll be back home
Where nothing can cause you harm
Young man you're not mad
You have a right to be scared
You have a right to be sad
We are all the same when compared
War is no mans friend my friend
It will expose the darkness within
War is the 'why' we don't blend
Can we ever come back from the sin?
This is your baptism of fire
17 years old and you're in too deep
Smoke, petrol, bodies, burning tyres
Your part in this will forever wake your sleep
Diesel fumes and banging guns
Tracers rage across the sky
These men with me are someones sons
Mothers, wives and sisters know naught but cry
This is a piece of our lives never to be seen
Lives ruined by this baptism of fire
I wish we could wipe it all clean
Now the land belongs to the liar
The Boipatong Massacre happened on 17 June 1992. The attackers were supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), rival party of the African National Congress (ANC), in a apparent revenge attack due to the killing of their members by the ANC. At the time, the South African government and several other political groups were negotiating in the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) talks.
The Goldstone Commission appointed Peter Waddington to make an independent enquiry. His report was released on 22 July 1992. It stated that there was no evidence of police collusion in the killings.
We have to ask the question; who gained from this attack and who used this attack for international propaganda value?
This incident happened after the Units (ABS-ISD) and the regular army (SADF) were replaced by the National Peace Keeping Force (NPKF), chaos ensured and the Units and army were sent back into Thokoza. The National Peace Keeping Force (NPKF) was a big mistake, and many warned about the chaos that would happen if the ABS-ISD were withdrawn.
In 1991 Sgt. van Wyk was murdered by a crowd of African National Congress (ANC) supporters in Daveyton. The story is told by Nick Howarth, the author of https://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Truth-About-East-ebook/dp/B075DJSKMT
Approximately fifty people lost their lives violently in and around central Johannesburg on 28 March 1994. The present inquest is directly concerned with only nineteen of them. Some of the other deaths which occurred on that day were also connected with the events with which we are concerned but they have been the subject of other inquests. They have some relevance though to the evaluation of the evidence which is before us.
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Will post slide shows and footage of the Internal Stability Division (ISD), which was a unit of the old South African Police (SAP). This will cover the township violence in the period 1991 - 1994.
I will also post Historical footage of the Republic of South Africa (pre-1995), police and military.