|Brakpan Commando - (2 members)
The Brakpan Commando was established at Brakpan on 14 January 1922, during the 1922 Rand Revolt, as a rebel commando under "General" R.B. Waterston, to help the striking miners. The rebel commando under a new leader, John Garsworthy, eventually massacred eight mine officials and special constables at the Brakpan Mine before the revolt was crushed. Garsworthy was sentenced to death, but later reprieved. The commando that had started as a Communist rebel movement, was eventually incorporated as a normal commando as part of the Union Defence Force. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 16 Headquarters in Marievale as part of the Witwatersrand Command and was responsible for local area protection. The original shoulder flash was authorised in 1969 and a later version in 1973. It was disbanded in 2005 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.
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