Memorandum - SA Polisie Spesiaale Taakgroep
Memorandum - South African Police Special Task Force (June 1977)
The typed memo presented on this page, written in the Afrikaans language and dated June 1977, deliberates the prospect of cooperation between the South African Defence Force (SADF) and the South African Police regarding training of members of the SA Police Task Force. The memo focuses specifically on Task Force parachute training and the use of SAAF aircraft. At that point in time Task Force members had already undergone parachute training but were using public airports at own personal cost. Parachute jumps were considered as an integral part of training for the Task Force, however the use of public airports for this purpose was deemed a security risk, hence the request for assistance by Col. Dries Verwey.
Lt Gen. Mike Geldenhuys - the Head of the South African Police Security Branch - officially authorised the creation of the Special Task Force as one of its subdivisions on 1 February 1976. Col. Dries Verwey was appointed as the first commanding officer of the Special Task Force. (Source: www.sapstf.org)
A copy of this memo was kindly provided for publication by William Marshall
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