Developed By: Hein Crocker
T he history of the Special Task Force, as well as the termination of the unit in 1989 after the amalgamation between the South African Police and the South African Railways Police in 1986 needs to be told. It all started in 1975 with a Rural Orientated Task Force unit and the establishment of a Urban Special Task Force in 1980. The Task Force was respected by many Local and Foreign Special Forces units and were on par with most of these units. The men that served in the Special Task Force will never be forgotten and we pay special tribute to those members that have passed on. They will forever be in our memories. Through organised reunions, a S.A.R.P. Special Task Force Facebook page, a whatsapp group and a S.A.R.P. Special Task Force Association established in 2016, the members are able to keep in touch and keep the spirit of the Special Task Force alive.
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LEGENDS
Without the commitment and dedication of many individuals it would have been impossible for the S.A.R.P. Special Task Force to have achieved what it has achieved since the humble beginnings in 1975 until the unfortunate closure of the unit in 1989. The individuals below have all contributed immensely and we would like to honor and salute them.
The late Minister of Transport and Honorary Colonel of the SARP Special Task Force
The late Commissioner of the S.A. Railways Police, Lieutenant General J.H. Visagie
The late Asst. Commissioner (Counter Insurgency) of the S.A. Railways Police, Brigadier G.Z Erlank
The late Major D.F. Malan - First Commander - (Rural)
The late Major A.S.J. Jooste
Captain A.E Olivier - 3rd Commander of the Special Task Force
Captain J.F. Lotriet - 4th Commander of the Special Task Force
Captain P.C.J. Schutte 2IC of the Special Task Force
Captain E.F. Boucher 5th Commander of the Special Task Force
The Late Lieutenant- General AF Horak, The first Commanding Officer of the Special Task Force