Last night was second time I met a wannabe Special Forces war veteran in recent months. This time around the poor guy nearly had to deal with my repressed anger because of the one I met in December and who also committed financial fraud against me.
For those who do not know the history of the South African border war the war started to end shortly after the fall of the Berlin War and the end of the cold war. South Africa used to have a highly respected defence force. How else could they keep the Apartheid system going?
Among the special forces there were the Recces, the Koevoete and then there was 32 Battalion. I only heard of these guys at the end of the war. I was one of the last intakes of white male South Africans who had to do military service.
Before even completing my basic training I witnessed a few dead people and a few people dying after having been shot. (Was a student police constable so the deaths I saw were crime related.) .
At 19 years old I decided the business of death is not for me so I volunteered for the admin department of the head office of the SAPS.
Doing admin I did meet some of the real war veterans and I also first hand heard in the corridors of the SAPS head office of the rumours whispered about Vlakplaas, Dirk Coetzee and Eugene de Kock.
I was clueless about the real wars, the finer details of my countries war history. I was petrified of the idea of having to do actual battle. Whether it was within SA Borders or outside on the Angolan borders. At 19 I think one is still a child. I am not one of the "manne" one of those who thinks war is fun or that human beings should be at 19 or younger busy with the business of killing for the causes of politicians, mega business corporations or governments.
After finishing my stint in the SAPS doing military service I never really met Special Forces Veterans. Or to put it this way. I know I have definitely met some but they never tell or boast about it. The real Special Forces War Veterans will not share their experiences with strangers.
That's lesson 101 on recognising a fake wannabe Special Forces Veteran.
I do not know where these fakes come from but they are also often Pathological liars. Besides lying of their war experiences they will also quickly ad something like being a Helicopter Pilot, a qualified Chartered Accountant or Economist, directors of companies etc. to their impressive CV's.
The guy from last night I had known for too short to establish what he was trying to achieve but the guy from December wanted to defraud me financially.
The conversations quickly started with how many people they have killed in war situations and how little the life of a fellow human being means to them if they get crossed. I think it get's done to establish a position of dominance or to instil a sense of fear into the person being conned. They might be thinking they are being admired for their bravery. I have not heard any real stories by real special forces war veterans because the real ones simply do not talk about it.
I noticed this morning that the South African Special Forces Association has a wall of shame and actively names people pretending to once have been part of them.
This retired pen pusher felt a real urge to "klap" the fake X Special forces hero of his chair last night. This morning I rather resort to my weapon of choice, the pen.
The history of South African's border war dates as far back as World War 1 when South Africa invaded German occupied and rules South West Africa and it has nothing to do with protecting white minority rule. It is interesting to note that as one ages you become a witness of history. With age comes experience. Experience such as how to recognise SA's wannabe Special Forces Veterans.