Today, 2 July, we salute and honor the following men who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny. 


02 Jul 1976: 73216491BB Gunner Cornelius Johannes Holtzhauzen from 14 Field Regiment was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident, at Potchefstroom. He was 18.

02 Jul 1979: 74281080BG Gunner Rolf Eduard Ortmann from 10 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was killed when the military ambulance he was driving at high speed, overturned and caught fire in Wynberg, Cape town. He was 20.

02 Jul 1979: 75255448BG Rifleman Daniel Gerhardus van Brakel from 61 Mechanised Battalion died from a gunshot wound sustained at stand-to as a result of an accidental discharge at of a fellow soldiers rifle while at Omathiya. He was 19.

02 Jul 1982: Special Sergeant Hilalius Thomas from the South West Africa Police Counter Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 32.

02 Jul 1987: 82902123SW Rifleman Augistinus Mbambo from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN Insurgents in Southern Angola. He was 19.

02 Jul 1988: 83437632BG Corporal Anton Prinsloo from 203 Battalion SWATF was the Platoon Sergeant of 1 Platoon, Bravo Company attached to a Ratel 90 Armoured Car Squadron. He was killed instantly during an enemy stand-off bombardment on the Squadron that was executing a diversionary attack as part of Operation Displace along the Tumpo Minefield on the edge of the Anhara Lipanda, East of Cuito Cuanavale in South Eastern Angola. He was 21.


02-Jul-76 PO Peter Allen Uniform BSAP KOAS Died from a gunshot wound to the head at the BSAP Lomagundi district Headquarters in Sinoia, Op Hurricane. Died aged 21.

02-Jul-77 Rfn Michael "Mike" Bosch D Coy, 6th Bn RR KIA by a mortar bomb in the Mtetengwe TTL, north of Beitbridge, Op Tangent. Two others were wounded and flown to Messina Hospital in South Africa. Died aged 26 years. On 17 July, Michael's ashes were placed at the grave of his brother, Ockert, who died ten years earlier when only 9 years old.

02-Jul-77 Jnr Cpl K. Masimba PV Prtn Group GF KIA

02-Jul-78 Rfn Gordon MacLachlan A Coy, 10th Bn RR KIA

02-Jul-79 CA Thomas Rwakuzhura ADF Intaf Mrd by CTs.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

  • July 02, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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