Today, 5 September, 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. 


05 Sep 1965: 5559950 Air Mechanic Henry Cecil Oosthuizen from the Air Force Gymnasium was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Krugersdorp when his vehicle left the road and hit a tree. He was 19.

05 Sep 1978: 74508995BG Rifleman Michael Horn Du Plessis from 2 SAI was grievously burned and suffered smoke inhalation while assisting to extinguish a veld fire in Windhoek. He succumbed to his injuries later in the day. He was 19.

05 Sep 1980: 76927961SP Lance Corporal Ernesto Sophia from 32 Battalion was accidentally killed by friendly fire in Southern Angola during Operation Vastrap. He was 31.

05 Sep 1982: 80554413BG Private Robert Peter van Spronsen from 5 Maintenance Unit was Grievously burned at Ondangwa on 30 August 1982 when a cigarette was lit while standing near petrol drums and the petrol fumes ignited, causing an explosion. He succumbed to his injuries in 1 Military Hospital on 05 September 1982. He was 19.

05 Sep 1983: 74468398PE Sergeant Ernestus Jacobus van Staden from 8 SAI was critically injured in a private motor vehicle accident near Bloemfontein. He succumbed to his injuries in the Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein shortly after admission. He was 24.

05 Sep 1986: 83448920BG Sapper Gary Edward Schentke from 1 Construction Regiment was accidentally killed when a road grader drove over him during construction work at the new 102 Battalion Base at Homba in the Kaokoveld. He was 19..


1969 – T/C/Sgt Percival Lewis JEFFERY, Regular Army, died on active service in Bulawayo Central Hospital Born in England, he was 40 years old and is buried in West Park, Bulawayo. He was based in Wankie.

1974 – Tpr John Gregory WALSH, C Sqn, SAS, was killed in a shooting accident in the North East border area, at the age of 18. Buried in Johannesburg.

1977 – DSA Timothy Musiyiwa CHIRAMBA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.
1977 – Gd J. KANDE PV Prtn Group, GF, was killed in an ambush.
1977 – DSA Bernard Benias MAFUNDIKWA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.
1977 – Pte Elaja (Elijah) SENGU, 2nd Bn RAR, died on active service.

1979 – Snr Ac - Tech/Gnr Alexander Jonathon Charles "Frankie" "Alex" WESSON, No.8 Sqn RhAF, was killed during Op Uric when an RPG7 hit the boss of the rotors of his Augusta Bell 205 "Cheetah" (R6098) flown by Flt Lt Richard Paxton, at Barragem, Mozambique. He is buried at the site. No 34 LAR Course. A Prince Edward School old boy.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  


  • September 05, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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