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Torch Commando, noun phrase

Origin:
See quotation 1967.
historical
A militant organization formed in 1951 to oppose the National Party government, especially in its attempts to disenfranchise ‘coloured’ voters. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence colloquial Torchie noun [English (informal) noun-forming suffix -ie], a member of this organization.
Note:
Led by world war veterans, the organization was active until 1953.
1951 Sun (Baltimore, U.S.A.) 9 Nov. 13South Africa’s Torch Commando, an organization of war veterans pledged to uphold the Dominion Constitution, is building up into a potent opposition to Prime Minister Daniel F. Malan’s Nationalist Government.
1993 P. Bell in Leadership Vol.12 No.2, 82The Torch Commando in Natal directed its appeal, not at the preservation of coloured voting rights as elsewhere in the country, but at the preservation of English political power and culture in the province.
A militant organization formed in 1951 to oppose the National Party government, especially in its attempts to disenfranchise ‘coloured’ voters. Also attributive.
, a member of this organization.

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