THE SA FORCES CLUB IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR HUSBANDS, SONS, AND FATHERS, KILLED IN ACTION DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN BUSH WAR.
TO ALL OF THOSE WHO DIED, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHOSE BODIES WERE LEFT BEHIND IN ANGOLA – WE TRIED TO BRING YOU HOME – YOUR GRAVES ARE UNMARKED ON ANY MAP BUT THEY ARE MARKED ON OUR HEARTS FOREVER
ONE DAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN WITH NO WAR AND NO POLITICIANS:
SA FORCES CLUB
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
1 JUNE 2004
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join the SA Forces Club. I truly hope that you will enjoy the comradeship and I pray that we will stand shoulder to shoulder without any disagreements and that a helping hand will be stretched out to those amongst us in times of need.
Southern Africa’s longest war effectively ended on November 1 of 1988, when South Africa and the South West African People’s Organisation finally called it quits, 23 long years after the first shot had been fired. It had gone on for so long that for several generations of people of all races it was hard to believe that peace had come; that (on the South African side at least) a father and son could be wearing the same campaign medal for fighting on the same front but 15 years apart. In the latter stages, in fact, the brunt of the war was borne on both sides by young men who had not even been conceived when it had started.
The definitive histories on both sides will come later, when the dust of battle has settled enough for most of the facts to be released. Till then, a Club like this will serve to give some sort of profile to a struggle which was so protracted and of such low intensity generally that it has acquired a curious shapelessness, even to those who spent years of their lives fighting in it.