The South African Police Service Special Task Force
(SAPS STF) is the special operations
element of the South African Police Service
(SAPS).The STF is considered to be among the best of such units in the world.
The STF has a formidable reputation in counter terrorism and insurgency
and hostage rescue
.Unlike most civilian/police counter terrorist units around the world, the special task force is also trained to conduct military special operations and has done so on many occasions, operating with their military counter parts, especially during the long 30 year border war. Indeed they are internationally regarded as deadly exponents in the art of bush warfare. A fact worth mentioning is that during the 70's and 80's, during the border war, many British SAS volunteered for selection, many passed and consequently served in the South African Special forces.
After a hostage siege at the Israeli embassy on 28 April 1975 which became known as the Fox Street Siege the South African government decided to establish a special police unit to deal with situations such as hostage situations.
In 1976 the Task force was activated. The Task Force falls under operational control of the Division: Operational Response Services and is responsible for dealing with all high-risk operations, such as hostage situations on land, sea and air, including rescue-related operations.
Recruitment and training
Prospective members have to be at least 21 years old and must have served at least two... Read More