Today, 15 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. 


15 Jul 1981: 78313269BG Rifleman Ettienne Zwanepoel from 1 SAI was accidentally shot dead during a training exercise at the Wepener Training Area. He was 18.

15 Jul 1982: Special Constable Vusi Tsiposa 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.

15 Jul 1984: Three members from the Special Forces Headquarters Unit were killed when their Unimog Troop Carrier overturned near M’pacha. The casualties were:

  • 78531340BG Rifleman Christoffel Booysen. He was 21
  • 83586925BG Rifleman Marthinus Hendrik Grobler. He was 20.
  • 82539701BG Sapper Nicolaas Jacobus Gerhardus Helberg. He was 17.


15-Jul-78 DA Benson Bobo Regular Intaf DOAS

15-Jul-78 Rfn Nigel Holden NS Army KOAS

15-Jul-77 Gd Jeves Patireki - not his surname PV Prtn Group GF KOAS Died in an accidental shooting.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

  • July 15, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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