INTRODUCTION: The South African Defence Force has allowed journalists to visit the controversial 32 Battalion headquarters in Namibia (South West Africa).
GV 32 Battalion Camp
SV & GV Children and women in camp (2 shots)
GV New residential buildings being built (2 shots)
SVs Black troops in camp
GV Mock ambush, soldiers firing hand-guns in brush (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Commandant Deon Ferreira briefing newsmen
TRAVEL SHOT Car driving through bush
CU Children who live at camp (2 shots)
GV Women and children at the camp
CU Insignia of battalion
SV White troops at camp
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The South African Defence Force has allowed journalists to visit the controversial 32 Battalion headquarters in Namibia (South West Africa). A deserter from the unit in January claimed 32 Battalion was responsible for the murder of innocent civilians, including children, inside Angola. But these allegations have been denied by 32 Battalion's Officer Commanding, Deon Ferreira. He claimed his men were fighting a bush war against SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organisation) for control of Namibia and Angola.
SYNOPSIS: The men of 32 Battalion live with their families here in this camp in Western Caprivi, near the Angolan border. The unit was formed after the Angolan conflict in 1976, which saw the MPLA, backed by Cuban troops, take control of the country.
The ambush was for the benefit of newsmen, but Commandant Ferreira said that at any given time at least half his men, mainly Portuguese-speaking blacks, were engaged in raids in Namibia and Angola. Denying reports of atrocities by 32 Battalion, Commandant Ferreira said many of his men were Angolan themselves, and they would not respond to an order to kill their own people.
According to South African figures, over the last 30 months 32 Battalion have killed more than 800 SWAPO soldiers.