Today, 7 April, 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.


07 April 1984: 78368115BT Rifleman Daniel Stephanus Venter from 1 Parachute Battalion was Killed in Action in a landmine explosion during anti-insurgent operations just north of the Cut-line. He was 22.

07 April 1985: Special Sergeant Sakaria Naholo 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 32.

07 April 1985: 81199878BG Rifleman Willem Jacobus Du Randt from 3 SAI Oscar Company (Mortars) was Reported Missing after being attacked by a crocodile approximately 1km below the Epupa Falls where he and others in his section were swimming. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 20. 


    1977 – Assistant MAKANI, ADF, Intaf. Murdered by CTs at Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane.

    1979 – Rifleman G.J. MOSTERT, Recce Platoon, 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment, KIA. Killed when burning huts exploded during an attack on a ZANLA camp at Chintopo, Tete Province, Mozambique.

    1979 – Auxiliary Constable Freddy SIKANGWA, Police Reserve, BSAP, KIA. Killed in a CT action, Op Repulse, at the age of 19. Freddy's private funeral was held in Chiredzi on 27 April. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • April 07, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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