Today, 22 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

22 Mar 1965: P17998 Flight Sergeant Louis Bernberg from 35 Squadron died in the Squadron Headquarters at Air Force Base Ysterplaat from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 26.

22 Mar 1993: Three APLA operatives stormed the Yellowwoods Hotel in Uitenhage and opened fire on staff and patrons with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades killing one University Student. The APLA operatives Vuyisile Madasi, (also one of those responsible for the attack on the Heidelberg Tavern on 30.12.1993), Lungisa Ntintili (also one of those responsible for the attack at the King William’s Town Golf Club on 28 November 1992) and Nkopane Diaho-Moneng were all granted amnesty in 1998. The civilian casualty who died in this attack was:

  • Mr Johannes Frederik Jerling

22 Mar 1993: A civilian motorist, Anthony Rex Concer was killed when three APLA operatives opened fire with automatic rifles on the vehicle in which he was travelling on the Vereeniging to Vanderbijlpark road. The three APLA operatives were later granted amnesty during 1998.

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1977 – Lt Gerald William Andrew ‘Gerry’ BELL, attached RAR, was killed in a vehicle ambush in the Zambezi Valley, Op Hurricane. Gerry was returning from a call-up to Mana Pools via Rukomechi to take up his job with National Parks when they were ambushed by a group of ZIPRA terrorists. A single bullet entered his doorless Land Rover, striking him in the chest and resulting in his death. A natural leader and highly skilled in bush craft, this ranger with National Parks served his call-ups with the RAR.

    1977 – Cst Pearson CHIZENGWE (22), Uniform, BSAP, was killed in an ambush in the Honde Valley during a routine patrol out of Ruda base camp, Op Thrasher.

    1977 – DSA Peter KAHARI, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed on active service near Sipolilo, Op Hurricane.

    1978 – Tpr Roy (Robert?) John GODDING, 2 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, died on active service.

    1978 – Pte M. NYANGANI, 6th Bn RR, died on active service.

    1978 – DSA James Amon VUMA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was murdered by CTs. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

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    • March 22, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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