Today, 9 March, we salute and honour the following men & woman who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny.


09 Mar 1973: Seaman Jan Jonathan Du Rand Botha from SAS Saldanha was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Moreesburg while he was on a weekend pass. He was 17.

09 Mar 1977: 71412837PE 2/Lieutenant Gerrit Keulder from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action whilst on patrol in the Henombe area of Southern Angola. At Henombe, approximately 200 cattle were found and driven towards the SWA border, the idea being, to take these cattle to the cattle farm at Omauni. A small SWAPO/PLAN force led by Denga Ndaitwah (recently retired Chief of the Namibian Defence Force) spotted the 32 Battalion patrol and hastily laid an ambush to the South. In the short firefight, Lieutenant Keulder was mortally wounded and the SWAPO/PLAN force immediately withdrew. His body was carried out of the contact area before being airlifted back to South West Africa. The 32 Battalion Patrol abandoned the cattle and returned to South West Africa on foot. He was 21.

09 Mar 1978: Recruit Rifleman Antonio Francisco from 32 Battalion was accidentally killed in a training accident due to the negligence of his Platoon Sergeant. He was 20.

09 Mar 1977: 81951193HK Rifleman P. Katanga from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a Contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 19.

09 Mar 1982: 77246502BT Lance Corporal Errol Carl Moolman from Rand Light Infantry was accidentally drowned at Calueque Dam while rowing in a dugout canoe. He tried to go over the weir but was caught in a rushing current and the canoe overturned. His body was never found and he remains unaccounted for. He was 20.

09 Mar 1982: 80589773CK Rifleman John Verrooy from the South African Cape Corps attached to Wenela Base accidentally drowned when he fell off a pont into the River near Wenela Base in Eastern Caprivi. He was 21.

09 Mar 1983: 68247261PR Captain Francois de Villiers from 102 Battalion SWATF died at Opuwa from an R4 Rifle gunshot wound apparently self-inflicted. He was 31.

09 Mar 1984: 82911710SWK Rifleman W.K. Matende from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 20.

09 Mar 1985: Two members from 6 SAI were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Grahamstown. The casualties were:

  • 79350401BG Rifleman Shaun Patrick Atkins. He was 21
  • 82532581BG Rifleman Orlando de Portugal Goncalves. He was 19.

09 Mar 1985: Rifleman Eduardo Jonas from 101 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN Insurgents. He was 23.

09 Mar 1987: 83412064BG Corporal Matthew William Wallace McGregor from 2 Field Engineer Regiment attached to 25 Field Squadron Died of Wounds sustained in Action during operations in South Western Angola. Shortly after leaving their TB to sweep for mines, his five-man sweeping team walked into a perfectly laid out FAPLA killing acre that was marked with rocks in the trees. Two soldiers were out ahead walking reconnaissance while two soldiers were walking protection on the left and two soldiers walking protection on the right. They were just setting off when there was a loud explosion from the right hand side of the road and the team came under concentrated fire from machine guns, HEAP STRIM rifle grenades, RPG-7 anti-tank rockets and mortar fire. He was critically wounded during this contact and sadly succumbed to his wounds before he could be evacuated. He was 20.

09 Mar 1988: Special Constable Fransiskus Lukas from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN Insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 25.


    1973 – FR David Michael ‘Dave’ STACEY, PATU, died from wounds received in action with FROLIZI terrorists in the Mukwichi Tribal Trust Land, Urungwe district, Op Hurricane, aged 50 years.

    1977 – FR Colin Andrew CAPELL (42), and FR Cornelius Johannes ‘Cor’ VAN SLAGEREN (40), both of the Police Reserve, BSAP, were killed in a shooting accident in the Shamva area when, after last light, Colin’s stick walked into another PATU position. Colin was grandson of Lt-Col A.E. Capell CBE, DSO, CO of 2RR in East Africa in WWI, and Commissioner of the BSAP from 1923 to 1926.

    1977 – Cst Abednicho NDLOVU (22), Uniform, and Cst Thomas NKALA (26), Ground Cover, BSAP, were both killed in an ambush in Matabeleland South, Op Tangent.

    1979 – FR David William Turner ‘Basil Brush’ BROOM (31), Special Branch, BSAP, died from gunshot wounds, Chilimanzi, Op Repulse. David, attached to the Selous Scouts as an SB rep, was part of a call-sign that included a recently 'turned' CT. This man, whilst on the last watch, reverted to being a CT and shot and killed David as he was asleep in his sleeping bag.

    1979 – Aux Cst Misheck CHIVAVAIRA, Uniform, BSAP, died in a road accident in Ft Victoria, Op Repulse, aged 26 years.

    1979 – Pte K. MUCHORE, 2(Indep) Coy, RAR, was killed in a contact.

    1979 – Pte Tamusanga Clever MOYO, and Pte Notice (Nickson) SIBANDA, both of A Coy, 2nd Bn RAR, were killed by a mortar bomb in the Op Repulse area. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

    • March 09, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
    Write a Comment

    NOTE: Comments must be approved before they are published.

    Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/sweettooth-initializer.liquid Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/sweettooth-tab-widget.liquid Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/upsell-now.liquid