Today, 17 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 

17 Jul 1975: 5506258 Captain Geoffrey Dennis Law from 40 Squadron was killed instantly during a weapons demonstration exercise at Bloemfontein when the complete main plane of his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7053 separated in flight while the aircraft was diving onto the target. He was 29.

17 Jul 1976: 70495775BA Rifleman Andries Johannes Blaauw from 2 Parachute Battalion was Killed in Action after he and his twin brother Pieter, had a brief contact with a group of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents while on patrol. On approaching a kraal where they believed some of the insurgents may be hiding, the section dumped their excess kit and fanned out to search the kraal, leaving Andries and Pieter Blaauw to guard the kit. Apparently, while so deployed, a group of insurgents who were following the patrol’s tracks to the kraal, came upon the two brothers. Andries and Pieter spotted them when they were quite close and taking cover as best they could either side of a tree, they opened fire on the insurgents. The fire fight lasted only five minutes before the insurgents once again broke contact and fled but unfortunately, Andries was killed during the exchange of gunfire. He was 21.

17 Jul 1981: 79580288BG Private David Gordon Munro from Sector 70 Headquarters died in 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria from Malaria contracted while serving in the Operational Area. He was 18.

17 Jul 1986: 79328761BG Trooper Willem Jan Pienaar from the School of Armour died in the Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein after being critically injured in a military vehicle accident in Bloemfontein. He was 18. 

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR 

17-Jul-78 Sgt Mutero Dzingai Uniform BSAP DOAS Died suddenly in Harare Hospital, aged 46 .

17-Jul-78 DSA Samuel Murudzwa Kp Prtn Intaf DOAS

17-Jul-79 Cst Lawrence Murungweni SU BSAP KIA in a CT action, at the age of 21.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

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  • July 17, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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