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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Stormjaers: an Afrikaans term meaning 'stormtroopers'.

The Stormjaers were the elite paramilitary wing of the Ossewabrandwag. The Stormjaers were responsible for extreme acts of sabotage in South Africa during World War II, in protest against Jan Smuts' United Party government and its support of the British.

BJ Vorster, South African prime minister from 196678, was a Stormjaer general. He was interned at Koffiefontein, Orange Free State, during World war II.

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