Today, 11 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 

11 Jul 1979: 77547784BG Rifleman Peter Wayne Bowry Atherton from 11 Commando Regiment died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained at Jan Kemp Dorp as a result of an accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle. He was 17.

11 Jul 1982: 81954760SWH Rifleman Munehemba Muharukua from 102 Battalion SWATF was killed when the Buffel Troop Carrier in which he was a passenger, overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 26.

11 Jul 1985: 84247857BG Sapper Kenneth Claude Cole from 2 Field Engineer Regiment died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained as a result of the accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle. He was standing guard duty at 2 Field Engineer Regiment in Bethlehem at the time of the incident. He was 19.

11 Jul 1985: Special Constable U. Ngombe from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 27.

11 Jul 1986: 84917798SWK Rifleman L. Sivanda from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents. He was 22.

11 Jul 1989: 83713875PE Warrant Officer Class 1 Johannes Petrus Coetzee from 16 Maintenance Unit was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident 10km from the Mangetti Dunes. He was 50.

11 Jul 1990: 85330413BG Private Iain Bruce Robertson from the Technical Service Corps was critically injured when the Ratel in which he was travelling, overturned on the road in front of Special Forces Head Quarters in Pretoria. He succumbed to his injuries a short while later. He was 27.

11 Jul 1994: 86723665PE Corporal Oageng Richard Mafulako from Witwatersrand Command Headquarters was killed in a military vehicle accident at Vereeniging. He was 29.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

11-Jul-74 A L/Cpl Laurence Turner Depot RR KOAS Died from the blast of a thunder flash, Llewellin Barracks, Bulawayo. He was 22 years old.

11-Jul-76 Tpr Patrick Chekayi S Scouts KOAS Died from a trauma to the head, Inkomo Barracks, Salisbury. He was 23 years old.

11-Jul-77 DA John Njanina Regular Intaf DOAS

11-Jul-79 Gd Alphonse Mapfumo RHQ Alpha, Op Hurricane GF DOAS

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten † 

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  • July 11, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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