South African Institute for Maritime Research

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Group.png South African Institute for Maritime Research  
Founder• Alexander Jones
• Keith Maxwell
Type• private
• military
Membership• Alexander Jones
• Keith Maxwell
A private military milita that worked closely with the South African apartheid regime

The South African Institute for Maritime Research (SAIMR) was a militia that closely cooperated with South African intelligence agencies, being responsible for many significant operations, especially in the frontline states in Southern Africa that were sympathetic to the anti-Apartheid resistance.


Keith Maxwell stated he believed the mercenary group ultimately was being led by the UK.[1]


Dag Hammarskjöld's death

Full article: Dag Hammarskjöld/Death

Spreading Aids

Keith Maxwell, a part of the leadership of the unit, stated in the documentary Cold Case Hammarskjöld that the group intentionally spread AIDS in southern Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. “We were involved in Mozambique, spreading the AIDS virus through medical conditions ... through inocculations.”[2]

At least one SAIMR member that raised concerns about the group’s medical programmes. Dagmar Feil was a marine biologist who was recruited by her boyfriend. In 1990 she was murdered outside her home in Johannesburg; her relatives believe the killing was linked to her work on SAIMR’s AIDS programme.[3]

As can be seen on this map, there is a direct correlation between being ruled by Apartheid South Africa or being a frontline state, and severe HIV prevalence.

1990 Somalia coup

Full article: Somalia/1990 coup

The group was tied[How?] to the 1990 coup in Somalia that plunged the country into anarchy.[4]

1981 Seychelles coup attempt

Full article: Stub class article Seychelles/1981 coup attempt

The SAIMR masterminded the Seychelles/1981 coup attempt which failed to depose Seychelles president Albert René.[4]


The SAIMR first became publicly known during sessions of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee in 1998. The SAIMR militia had up to 5000 members to draw from.

“It was clandestine operations. We were involved in coups, taking over countries for other leaders,” said Alexander Jones, who has detailed his years as an intelligence officer with the group. SAIMR’s leaders described themselves as “anti-communist” to him at the time but the group was underpinned by racism, he said. “We were trying to retain the white supremacy on the African continent.” “Anybody that resisted any white form of manipulation on the African continent, SAIMR was prepared to go and quell those for a price,” [5]


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Seychelles/1981 coup attemptSeychelles
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