Today, 10 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.


10 Mar 1970: 67526913E Corporal Hermanus Stephanus van der Merwe from the Northern Air Defence Sector at Devon was killed while travelling in a military bus as part of a convoy en-route to Devon. The military bus left the road near Fort Mistake in the Newcastle area and overturned. He was 18.

10 Mar 1982: 79930071SP Rifleman Joao Baptista from 32 Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident near Rundu. He was 26.

10 Mar 1986: 79861498HV Rifleman Pinecas Amupolo from 101 Battalion SWATF Died of Wounds received after his Samil 100 Kwévoël vehicle was hit by a Soviet RPG-7 anti-tank rocket. He was 25.

10 Mar 1988: 74500463BT Rifleman Lodewickus Johannes Moolman from Regiment Bloemspruit was accidentally killed when he was attacked and trampled to death by an enraged elephant while on foot patrol near the Nwamedzi Base in the Kruger National Park. He was 29.


    1977 – FR Alexander James ‘Alex’ Bramford, attached to Special Branch, BSAP, was killed by a gunshot wound in an ambush, Maranke TTL, Op Thrasher, aged 35 years.

    1977 – Pte Murove Humanikwa, 1st Bn RAR, was illed in a shooting or vehicle accident.

    1978 – Spr Clifford Thomas ‘Chippy’ Clayton, 3 Sqn, RhE, died from wounds received in a landmine explosion in the Ngorima area on the border with Mozambique, east of Chipinga (Map ref: VQ 693 958), Op Thrasher. He was casevaced to Ft Victoria hospital, but died of his injuries. There were two other fatalities (civilian fence erectors) in the vehicle, also killed by the blast. A medic at the scene found all three still secured by their seatbelts.

    1978 – D/Cst Jackson Moyo (28), CID, BSAP, died suddenly in Mpilo Hospital, Bulawayo, of medical complications that arose from a wound he received in a contact two years previously. In August 1976, he received a note for Good Work Performed, for showing courage and calm, in spite of being wounded, under heavy terrorist fire. He underwent prolonged periods in hospital but never recovered fully.

    1979 – DSA Rakiyosi T. Furau, Intaf, died on active service.

    1979 – Pte Maxwell E. Musindo, 4 Pln, 2nd Bn, RAR, was killed in action.

    1980 – Cst Zvokumba Matinhari, Uniform, BSAP, died in tragic circumstances whilst coming off riot stand by duty in Salisbury, aged 26.

    1980 – Cst Tidings Taruvinga, Uniform, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident, aged 21. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • March 10, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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