One Reconnaissance Regiment

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Apartheid-era unit of the South African Defence Force.

One Reconnaissance Regiment
50 1RR was based in Durban and consisted of a training component and an operational wing which provided personnel for cross-border raids such as those on Matola and Maseru. In the 1980s it was a predominantly black unit with white senior officers and with a strength of approximately 1 000. Officers commanding 1RR were Cmdt JG ‘Jannie’ Breytenbach (1972-75); Maj (T/Cmdt) JC Swart (1975-81); Col. E Olckers (1981-83); Col. A Bestbier (1983-88); Col. G Keulder (1988-)[1]





  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report - Volume Two, Chapter Three, p322-323.