113 Battalion

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113 Battalion
SADF 113 Battalion emblem.png
113 Battalion emblem
Country South Africa
Branch South African Army
TypeMotorised infantry
Part ofSouth African Army Infantry Corps
Motto(s)Servamus We Serve
EquipmentBuffel APC, Samil 20
Company level insigniaSA Army Company Insignia.png
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar

113 Battalion was a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army.


Origin of the black battalions[edit]

By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.[1]

In early 1979, the government approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would serve in their homeland or under regional SADF commands.

Location of the 100 Battalions in relation to their respective homelands

Development of the Gazankulu Defence Force[edit]

This led to the formation of 113 Battalion for the Tsongas tribe. It is believed that the original intention was for this battalion to form the basis of a future Gazankulu Defence Force.

113 Battalion was raised in 1980 at Phalaborwa in the then Eastern Transvaal.[2] Troops for 113 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of Gazankulu.

Higher Command[edit]

113 Battalion resorted under the command of Group 13.[3] 64 soldiers from 113 Battalion was transferred to 116 Battalion when that unit was expanded.

SADF Group 13 emblem


113 Battalion was later absorbed into 7 South African Infantry Battalion to form a single battalion in the new SANDF.


113 Battalion insignia



Peled, A. A question of Loyalty Military Manpower Policy in Multiethinic States, Cornell University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8014-3239-1 Chapter 2: South Africa: From Exclusion to Inclusion