The South African Military Veterans Association of Australasia (SAMVOA) released this service cross over the 2013 Easter Weekend, supposedly in recognition of service by white conscripts on behalf of the Apartheid Christian Nationalist government, a stark reminder that the South African conflict involved a particular faith perspective to the detriment of other faith groups.
A website calling itself “The home of the South African Service cross ‘ons dienskruis” has been floating advertising on social media, in an effort to attract attention from conscripts as well as permanent force members who served in the apartheid regimes military.
“Service Cross instituted as recognition by ex-SADF veterans to our “Brothers in Arms”
“As we are all well aware, the vast majority of our conscript National Servicemen, numerous Reserve Force “Campers & Commando’s” and many longer serving ex-SADF PF brothers did not get the recognition for their honourable services rendered prior to 1994.”
“Unlike many countries including Australia, Norway, Malaysia and others, South Africa never issued a National Service Medal and it is highly unlikely that the current government ever will. To correct this injustice, we the Veterans have taken action. Initially this Commemorative Medal was to be called the National Service Cross. However, it was felt that this would exclude others, like the SA Police, SA Prison Services, SADF Permanent Force members, SWA Territorial Force personnel who, whilst serving South Africa never did National Service. So, the name was changed to the SA Service Cross to recognise all those that served South Africa between the period 1957 to 1994, and who never received any or very little recognition for that service.”