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SWAPOL Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (KOEVOET)

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SWAPOL Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (KOEVOET) - (1 members)

The South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing (SWAPOLCOIN) Ops-K Division, better known as KOEVOET, was founded at Oshakati in 1978. Early 1979 saw the first operations carried out. By late 1980, the unit had carried out several raids on guerrilla camps and engaged in violent firefights with SWAPO fighters. KOEVOET originally started as a unit of the SAP 'Special Ops (K) Koevoet' and fell under the SAP Security Branch head office in Pretoria. The unit only really became SWAPOL TIN/COIN Koevoet in 1984. By 1989 over three thousand guerrilla fighters were being killed or captured each year by the one unit alone.

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25923Posted by

Arn Durand
on 9 April

RE: SWAPOL Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (KOEVOET)

How Koevoet got its name:

In 1979 a small group of policemen under the command of Brigadier Hannes Dreyer (I think then still Colonel Dreyer) carried out a paramilitary operation and called it "Operation Koevoet." The name simply stuck as the unit was established and progressed. The story of the unit prying terrorists out of the bush was later attributed to the unit.

(As told to me by Dreyer himself on numerous occasions.)...

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