113 Battalion emblem
|Branch||South Africa Army|
|Part of||South African Army Infantry Corps|
|Motto||Servamus We Serve|
Origin of the black battalionsEdit
By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.
In early 1979, the government approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would serve in their homeland or under regional SADF commands.
Development of the Gazankulu Defence ForceEdit
This led to the formation of 113 Battalion for the Tsongas tribe. It is believed that the original intention was for this battalion to form the basis of a future Gazankulu Defence Force. 113 Battalion was raised in 1980 at Phalaborwa in the then Eastern Transvaal. Troops for 113 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of Gazankulu.
113 Battalion was later absorbed into 7 South African Infantry Battalion to form a single battalion in the new SANDF.
Peled, A. A question of Loyalty Military Manpower Policy in Multiethinic States, Cornell University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8014-3239-1 Chapter 2: South Africa: From Exclusion to Inclusion
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