Today, 28 August, we salute and honor the following men & woman who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny. 


28 Aug 1954: P8985 Sergeant Matthys Andries De Beer from the South African Marines died after suffering a fatal heart attack while in the Single Quarters at Defence Headquarters. He was 36.

28 Aug 1974: 72592280N Rifleman Albino Moreira Christello from 11 Commando Regiment was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident 140km East of Rundu. He was 18.

28 Aug 1980: Two members from 41 Battalion were Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • 79877221SN Rifleman Jacob Fredericks. He was 18.
  • 79876256SC Rifleman Joseph van Rensburg. He was 19.

28 Aug 1981: A member from 6 SAI and a member from the South African Medical Corps were both Killed in Action while on patrol in Southern Angola. The Patrol had formed into a defensive circle when an enemy 82mm High Explosive mortar bomb landed and exploded near their position. Both members suffered multiple shrapnel wounds in the explosion and were killed instantly. The casualties were:

  • 76360833BG Lance Corporal Petrus Kruger from 6 SAI. He was 20.
  • 78419827BG Lance Corporal Mark Anthony Plateel, the Ops Medic from the South African Medical Corps. He was 19.

28 Aug 1981: 76909274SP Rifleman Domingos Paulo from 32 Battalion died from a gunshot wound sustained in a shooting accident at Fort Doppies in the Caprivi Strip. He was 32.

28 Aug 1983: 78919400SP Rifleman Jorge Nambi from 32 Battalion was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident while in pursuit of an enemy patrol in Southern Angola. He was 28.

28 Aug 1990: 87107736HD Rifleman Laurens Stef Mdaka from the Kruger National Park Commando was critically injured in a military vehicle accident at Letaba Bridge on 17 August 1990. He was evacuated to 1 Military Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on 28 August 1990. He was 25.

28 Aug 1994: 83737130PE Staff Sergeant (Mrs) Mary Francis Anne van Heerden from Natal Command was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Durban. She was 38.


28-Aug-77 Master Tech Johannes van Vastenhoven New Sarum RhAF DOAS Died from natural causes aged 53 years.

28-Aug-78 Tpr Simon Clark 14 Tp, 3 Cdo, 1st Bn RLI KIA Died in the arms of his stick leader, Trevor MacIlwaine, from a gunshot wound in a contact in the south of the country. He was a New Zealand national.

28-Aug-78 SO Andrew Smith Uniform BSAP KIA Killed by a lone terrorist in Glen Norah Township, Salops, at the age of 24.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  

  • August 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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