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Bluff Commando

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Active  Congella (1980)
Type  Infantry
Country  South Africa
Role  Light Infantry
Bluff Commando
Allegiance  Republic of South Africa  Republic of South Africa
Branch  South African Army  South African Army

Bluff Commando was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.



Congella Regiment can claim descent from Bluff Commando and other citizen force personnel in the Durban area. It was raised in 1980 and its first headquarters was at Bluff Commando HQ on Salisbury island on the SA Navy Base. The Regiment was later moved to Blamey Road Montclair.

By 1990, Durban Regiment, Congella Regiment and 12 Reception Depot were all placed under command of Group 10. The regimental badge was based on the Inniskilling Fusiliers castle. Congella Regiment was deployed to South West Africa on border duties and also participated in numerous deployments within South Africa to combat internal unrest.

Congella Regiment had a unique composition in that it had specialist componenets such as

  • Tactical Support Team:
  • Dog handlers:
  • Disbandment

    These units along with all other Commando units was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units. The Commando system was phased out between 2003 and 2008 “because of the role it played in the apartheid era”, according to the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula.


  • Commandant I. Deetlefs 1980-1984
  • Commandant D. Edgecombe 1984-1989
  • Commandant K.R. Brewis 1989-1995
  • Lieutenant Colonel J.A. Moxham 1995
  • References

    Bluff Commando Wikipedia

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