Minister of Law and Order Hernus Kriel announced the formation of a new police unit, which would have the specific task of stabilising and controlling political unrest throughout the country. The unit of 17 500 men, forming a fifth division of the South African Police (SAP) and called Internal Stability, would be specially equipped and stationed in areas of frequent unrest. Kriel described the force as being committed to impartiality but warned that it would never be crippled to the point where the SAP was scared to act against unrest.
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