Today, 3 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. 

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR 

03 Jul 1983: 78482717BG Corporal Frederick Coenraad Greyling from 5 SAI was accidentally killed at Itenga Base near Opuwa in an explosion inside the Ops Room. The Platoon Commander and Signaller were both injured in the explosion and they were evacuated to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He was 21.

03 Jul 1983: 82062316CE Lance Corporal Karools Jonkers from the South African Cape Corps was Killed in Action when his patrol walked into a PLAN ambush in Northern Owamboland. He was 19.

03 Jul 1987: Two members from 1 Special Service Battalion, attached to the 10th Armoured Car Regiment were Killed in Action when they walked into a "kraal", unaware that two PLAN insurgents were hiding in one of the huts. The casualties were:

  • 84248277BG Trooper Joseph Johannes Cloete. He was 18.
  • 83382218BG Trooper Van Zyl Jac van Heerden. He was 19.

The two troopers first identified themselves to the local Headman in his hut when the insurgents opened fire. Van Heerden was shot through the forehead with a Makarov pistol and died instantly. Cloete died instantly from multiple AK-47 gunshot wounds. The other members of Armoured Car Regiment immediately returned fire and completely destroyed the kraal, killing both insurgents in the process.

03 Jul 1992: Two members from 116 Battalion were killed near Punda Maria, in the Kruger National Park when their Mamba vehicle collided with a tree during a follow-up operation against MK Operatives that had entered the area from Mocambique. The casualties were:

  • 81561425PP Lance Corporal Nicholas Bizeki. He was 34.
  • 86740552HJ Rifleman Tonki Frans Kekana. He was 18.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

03-Jul-67 Pte Dennis Dennis - not his surname 1st Bn RAR DOAS  

03-Jul-72 Pte Enias Nyasala 1st Bn RAR DOAS Died in Bulawayo of malaria. He was 25 years old.

03-Jul-77 Rfn Raymond Galgard 1st Bn RR KOAS in a vehicle accident.  

03-Jul-77 Cpl Ernest Hodes No sub-units RIC KOAS in a car accident whilst returning to Bulawayo from a call-up in Salisbury, at the age of 45. Ernest was giving a lift to Richard Sadler who lived in Gwelo. Just north of Eiffel Flats there was a head-on collision, at dusk, with a family of four in a Ford Cortina. All six lives were lost  

03-Jul-77 Sgt Tiatus Mutiziri ZB Tp, SU BSAP KIA Killed in an ambush in the Plumtree area, Op Tangent, at the age of 29. See R Njoli and A Nyakwishira who were also killed in the ambush.  

03-Jul-77 Cst Robert Njoli ZB Tp, SU BSAP KIA Killed in an ambush in the Plumtree area, Op Tangent, at the age of 22. See also T Mutiziri and A Nyakwishira who were also killed in the ambush.  

03-Jul-77 Cst Anthony Nyakwishira ZB Tp, SU BSAP KIA Killed in an ambush, in the Plumtree area, Op Tangent, at the age of See also T Mutiziri and R Njoli who were also killed in the ambush.

03-Jul-77 2Lt Richard Sadler No sub-units RIC KOAS in a car accident whilst returning to Bulawayo from a call-up in Salisbury. Ernest Hodes was giving a lift to Richard Sadler who lived in Gwelo. Just north of Eiffel Flats there was a head-on collision, at dusk, with a family of four in a Ford Cortina. All six lives were lost.  

03-Jul-78 CA Takayisa Dube ADF Intaf Mrd by CTs.  

03-Jul-79 Princ DSA Makuwire Gore Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS  

03-Jul-79 Cst Elkanah Mkandla SU BSAP KIA Died from wounds received in action. Died aged 26  

03-Jul-79 DSA Rogers Munganiwa Kp Prtn Intaf KIA Killed in a vehicle ambush in the Burma Valley, Op Thrasher. Rogers joined Intaf as an ADF driver but, was later employed as a DSA. He drove Pumas on convoy duties for a few years and was involved in a couple of mine blasts as well. The morning convoy to Burma Valley was ambushed just before the crest of the Chishakwe pass. The Pookie was immobilised by an RPG 7 strike to the engine. The following Leopard, driven by a Vedette, managed to crest the hill under heavy fire but, the engine died from bullet damage just on the other side. The driver managed to free-wheel away from the zone. Rogers was driving the Puma at the back of the convoy and was hit on the driver's cab by another RPG-7. Although terribly wounded he continued on, dropped to 2nd gear and pushed the disabled Pookie, and the Engineer therein, over the crest of the hill and out of the killing zone. He then stopped the Puma, which had approximately 16 unit members in the back, applied the handbrake, climbed out and dropped dead from his severe injuries. It was later established that there were over 30 firing positions and that at least 5 rockets were fired. No unit members were hit except by shrapnel but, several rifles and the one MAG took direct hits. By selflessly acting to get both his unit and the Pookie out of the killing zone he saved the lives of the Engineer in the Pookie and his friends on the Puma. His bravery was never officially recognised.

03-Jul-79 DSA Stewart Chinyere Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

 † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten † 

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  • July 03, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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  • September 21, 2016
  • Frank Rens

78482717BG Corporal Frederick Coenraad Greyling from 5 SAI was accidentally killed at Itenga Base near Opuwa in an explosion inside the Ops Room. The Platoon Commander and Signaller were both injured in the explosion and they were evacuated to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He was 21 – This person’s data is wrong in your database. All your data regarding this incident is correct, but it happened on the 7th March 1983. Lance corporal Owen Christopher Williams died in the exact same incident, which is correct in your database. Williams was the signaller on duty in the ops room when the grenade exploded in Greyling’s hands.