Today, 24 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

24 April 1982: One member from 5 SAI and one member from 101 Battalion SWATF were killed when the Buffel Troop carrier in which they were traveling overturned near Eenhana in Northern Owamboland. The Casualties were:

  • 76273986BG Rifleman Glen Bjorn Du Plooy from 5 SAI. He was 21.
  • 8862147HV Rifleman Ronald Andreas from 101 Battalion SWATF. He was 26.

(NOTE: Rifleman Du Plooy narrowly escaped with his life only three days earlier when his Buffel Troop Carrier was hit by a Yugoslavian M-60 High Explosive Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade in an ambush by a group of heavily armed SWAPO/PLAN insurgents). 

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1974 – Rifleman Charles Petrus GREYLING, Territorial Force, Army, killed on active service. Died in a motorcycle accident on Crete Road, Waterfalls, Salisbury. He was 19 years old and is buried in Warren Hills, Salisbury.

    1975 – Acting Lance Corporal Cornius Peter BENJAMIN, 2 Protection Company, Rhodesian Defence Regiment, killed on active service. Died in a shooting accident in Madziwa TTL, Op Hurricane aged 24. Buried in Gutu.

    1976 – Constable Jermanus Nicholas MUREDZI , T Troop, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Died aged 21 from gunshot wounds in a contact in the Sangwe TTL, Chiredzi, Op Repulse. His semi-military funeral took place at Bikita on 28 April.

    1979 – Sergeant Jannie Albert HOLTZHAUSEN, 2 Troop, 3 Squadron, Rhodesian Corps of Engineers, killed on active service. Killed by an anti-personnel mine whilst laying mines near the Mozambique border.

    1979 – Constable Obadiah JONGA, Support Unit, BSAP, KIA. Died from wounds received in action whilst attached to Delta Troop in the Maranke TTL, at the age of 23. His private funeral was held in the Concession district on 1 May.

    1979 – Trooper Jethro MOYO, Troop, Selous Scouts, KIA. Killed in a CT action.

    1979 – Trooper G. NJONJO, Troop, Selous Scouts, died on active service. Died from epilepsy.

    1979 – Field Reservist Charlie Albert ROSENFELS, Police Reserve, BSAP, KIA. Killed by a landmine near Kezi, Op Tangent, aged 41 years. Charlie was travelling in a convoy, with Army vehicles, when his mine-protected short-wheel base Land Rover detonated a ZANLA-planted landmine. They were travelling to Kezi along the Mangwe/Kezi road, through the CSC's Taylor's Block Farm when they struck the landmine, in which six passengers sustained minor injuries. Attesting into the Police Reserve in the 1960s, Charlie was on continuous call-up. The virtual loss of the use of a leg, at an early age, did not deter Charlie from going beyond the call of duty. His funeral took place on Lydeard Farm, Marula, on 27 April 1979. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

     

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    • April 24, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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