Today, 22 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

22 April 1976: Three members from the Regiment Christiaan Beyers were Killed in Action when their patrol was ambushed by a numerically superior force of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents while they were escorting a work team, busy on the Ruacana to Ovamboland pipeline, back to Etale Base. The casualties were:

  • 71235162BT Lieutenant Douglas Gerald Hinds. He was 20.
  • 65527640BT Rifleman Johannes Roelof Fouche. He was 26.
  • 70525464BT Rifleman Jozua Francois Naude. He was 21.

22 April 1983: 78378791BG Corporal Jan de Klerk Botha from 5 SAI was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-Line. He was 20.

22 April 1988: 77535581BT Lance Corporal Steven Charles Trollip from the 2nd Battalion Regiment De La Rey accidentally after falling into a crocodile infested river near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park while on patrol. He was 26. 

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1972 – Auxiliary Inspector Stanley Arthur “Stan” DAYNES, MBE, Police Reserve, BSAP, died on active service. Died in Gwelo Hospital at the age of 58. Stan was awarded the MBE in recognition of his long and loyal service to the Royal Rhodesia Regiment. Stan was given a full military funeral in Gwelo on 25 April, attended by senior representatives from all the military services and the various branches of the BSAP.

    1978 – District Commissioner Aart Mannix “Arie” VERBEEK MLM (11/11/1977), Regular Intaf, killed on active service. Killed by "friendly fire" on Lake Kariba, Op Splinter. It was late afternoon and Arie, who had been fishing on the lake, was speeding to get back to Binga before the curfew started. An Op Splinter boat patrol, on detecting Arie's boat, issued a radio challenge, but it is believed that he did not hear his radio above the noise of the boat's engine; the radio was in the back of the boat. The patrol, their challenge unheeded, opened fire on Arie's boat, resulting in his death. A very tragic set of events that ended the life of a very popular DC.

    1979 – Field Reservist Nicolaas VAN DER BRUGGE, Police Reserve, BSAP, KIA. Killed in a CT incident, Salops, at the age of 26. Nicolaas served in Salisbury Province where he proved to be a popular and dedicated member of the force. His private cremation service was held at the Warren Hills Crematorium, Salisbury, on 27 April. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

     

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    • April 22, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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