Today, 28 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. 


28 Jul 1972: Two members from the Army Services School were killed in a military vehicle accident at Voortrekkerhoogte. They were:

  • 70291844N Private Carel David Aucamp Labuschagne. He was 18
  • 69466621N Private Jonathan Peter Knight. He was 18

28 Jul 1978: 4441 Flight Lieutenant Francis Du Toit from 7 Squadron Rhodesian Air Force was Killed in Action when his Alouette III Helicopter, Serial No. R5177 was shot down during anti-insurgent operations at Chioco in Mozambique. He was 23.

28 Jul 1979: 74399387BG Rifleman Ignatius Matheus Fick Du Plessis from 5 SAI was accidentally killed at Elundu after being struck by a bullet from a fellow soldiers unattended rifle when the weapon discharged after it fell over and hit the ground. He was 21.

28 Jul 1980: 74411307PE Corporal Johan Heinrich Wasserman from Air Force Headquarters was killed when his military vehicle that was parked next to the Ben Schoeman Highway near Pretoria, was crushed after being struck by an extra heavy articulate vehicle. He was 23.

28 Jul 1983: 80244973BG Rifleman Eduard Cornelius Mostert from 5 SAI, attached to SWA SPES (SWATF) was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 18.

28 Jul 1988: 86107208HG Rifleman Sipho Brian Msomi from 121 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with FRELIMO Forces at Muzi, near Jozini on the Mozambique border. He was 27.


28-Jul-78 DA Oliver Chidziwo Regular Intaf DOAS

28-Jul-78 Flt Lt - Plt François du Toit MFC (Ops) - 28.07.78 No 7 Sqn RhAF KIA when flying a South African Alouette III R5177 that was hit by an RPG7 in Chioco, Mozambique. Ex South African Air Force. See also Nelson.

28-Jul-77 DSA Tobias Marufu Kp Prtn Intaf Mrd by CTs.

28-Jul-77 Cst Elias Mugabe Uniform BSAP KIA in an ambush whilst on patrol with a PATU stick in the operational area, at the age of 23.

28-Jul-78 Rfn P.C. Murefu 5th Bn RR DOAS

28-Jul-78 Sgt - Tech/Gnr Kevin Nelson No 7 Sqn RhAF KIA whilst flying in an Alouette III R5177 which was hit by an RPG7 in Chioco, Mozambique. No 30 LAR Course. See also du Toit.

28-Jul-77 FR Patrick "Paddy" Stanley PATU BSAP KIA in a contact from an armour-piercing bullet wound, at the age of 29.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

  • July 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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