Today, 30 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.


30 Mar 1950: P9103 Corporal Jacobus Adriaan Labuschagne from the South African Armoured Corps was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Bloemfontein. He was 25.

30 Mar 1954: P/12363 Petty Officer Duncan McLennan from SAS Simon van der Stel was Reported Missing after falling overboard in heavy seas while the vessel was sailing from Durban to Cape Town. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 47.

30 Mar 1972: 68468248N Private Sydney Eric Wienand from the Air Force Gymnasium was killed in a military vehicle accident in Pretoria. He was 19.

30 Mar 1973: 70296843N Private Andrew James MacPherson from Natal Command Headquarters was killed in a military vehicle accident in Durban. He was 18.

30 Mar 1977: 58241415PE Sergeant Daniel Petrus Theron from the Military Headquarters, Grootfontein, died from injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident that occurred on 29 March at the Otavi-Tsumeb crossroads near Grootfontein. He was travelling as a passenger in the vehicle that was on its way to the airport. He was 35.

30 Mar 1979: 76245075BG Private Douw Teuns Gerbrand De Beer from Western Province Command Headquarters was killed in a military motorcycle accident at Groote Schuur. He was 19.

30 Mar 1980: 74346776PF Sergeant Barend Zacharias Gericke from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds when a Soviet 82mm High Explosive Mortar Bomb exploded near him during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola. He was 21.

30 Mar 1980: 79876835SN Rifleman Johannes Oarum from 41 Battalion (Later 911 Battalion SWATF) was killed in Northern Owamboland after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle. He was 18.

30 Mar 1984: Four members from the Congella Regiment and one attached member from Group 10 were killed and one critically injured when their Military Landrover Vehicle was struck and flattened by an articulated vehicle loaded with logs that jack-knifed across the road approximately 9km outside Richmond. The casualties were:

  • 63031272PE Staff Sergeant Kevin Ernest Parker from Group 10 Headquarters. He was 37
  • 71318059BT Lance Corporal Roderick William Bekker from Congella Regiment. He was 28
  • 75327007BT Rifleman Winston Churchill from Congella Regiment. He was 25.
  • 72531551BT Rifleman Stefan Henry Conrad from Congella Regiment. He was 27
  • 72436942BT Rifleman Grant Edward Brierley from Congella Regiment succumbed to his injuries on 31 March 1984. He was 27.

30 Mar 1984: Corporal Daniel Matsetse from 201 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 24.

30 Mar 1987: 77330108PE Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Daniel Lan from 16 Squadron was Killed in Action after suffering fatal gunshot wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire while acting as the door gunner in Alouette III Helicopter Gunship 624 during close-air support operations against SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in the Oshivello area. He was 27.


    1977 – DA Jeffrey KAFURAMUTORWA, Regular Intaf, was killed on active service near Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane.

    1977 – DA Nguni Siatepula MUCHETE, Regular Intaf, was killed on active service in Gokwe, Op Grapple.

    1978 – Cst Vengesayi MAGUNDA, GC, BSAP, died on active service.

    1978 – A Sgt/Maj Ndumiso Prince Bhebe MTHEKELI (Bronze Baton for Bravery) Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a CT action in the Tjolotjo area, Op Tangent, aged 34. In March 1977, he received the Commissioner's Commendation (Bronze Baton) in recognition of his bravery, tenacity and devotion to duty.

    1979 – Pte John JOULE, 10 RR, attached JOC Grapple, was murdered by CTs, Gwelo, Op Grapple, aged 24 years. Three terrorists, dressed in blue denims and armed with AK rifles, entered the Ascot Beerhall with the intention of carrying out a robbery. They entered from the rear and at gunpoint held up about 25 patrons who were leaving, and demanded to be shown where the manager's office was. As they were being shown the office, they saw Mr. Brooke-Mee, a local farmer, sitting outside, and shot him several times at close range, killing him. They then ran and opened fire on a parked grey car in which Pte John Joule was sitting. Eleven shots hit the car, killing him. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

    • March 30, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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