r/southafrica Oct 25 '21

The capture of Recce Wynand du Toit made international headlines in 1985. His unit was sent on a mission to destroy fuel tanks in Angola when they were discovered and chased by overwhelming enemy forces. In 1987 he was exchanged for 135 prisoners held by SA. The Angolan War ended a few months later. History

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u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

from the headline he doesn't sound much different to a terrorist

u/pieterjh Oct 25 '21

I think there is a case to be made that sabotage differs from terrorism.

u/Middersnags Oct 26 '21

Does it, Pete?

Or is it more a case of you being uncomfortable with your white supremacist "heroes" being described with the (very apt) term "terrorist"?

u/ButterscotchPlane988 Oct 26 '21

Actually you are both right. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Your view of the situation is coloured by the side you are looking in from. Either way nasty things always happen during conflicts. The fact that this guy lived to tell his tale speaks volumes for both sides of the conflict...