Today, 7 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. 


07 Sep 1977: 77880235SP Rifleman J.M. Maquinda from 32 Battalion died from a gunshot wound, accidentally self-inflicted while on operations in Southern Angola. He was 30.

07 Sep 1978: 65658270PE Major Lukas Gerhardus Grundling from 1 Parachute Battalion accidentally drowned at Wepener during a parachute jump with full kit in the early hours of the morning at the start of D Companies Conventional training. He landed in the deep end of a farm dam and became entangled with his kit rope. The prevailing wind caused the parachute to drag him under the water. Although he did surface a few times shouting for assistance, by the time help arrived, he had already drowned. He was 29.

07 Sep 1986: 85224475BG Private Shaun Anthony Sprowson from 16 Maintenance Unit was killed when his SAMAC Horse and Trailer overturned on the Rundu to Bagani Road. He was 20.

07 Sep 1988: W404319N Constable Hermanus Cornelius Johannes Du Plessis from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 27.

07 Sep 1992: 89280820BG Rifleman Johannes Lodewyk Bouwer Lourens from 4 SAI was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at White River. He was 18.


1973 – Sgt Daniel John HASKINS, TF Army, died on active service.

1977 – 2Lt Godfrey James Glanville "Spider" WEBBER, C Coy, 1st Bn RAR, was killed in an ambush in the Gwanda area, Op Tangent. Spider and four trackers followed the spoor of terrorists for four days after the CTs had abducted a fellow RAR soldier. They entered a village where they were ambushed.

1978 – Sgt Thomas MUZONDO Uniform, BSAP, was murdered by terrorists while on sick leave at his home in Gutu, aged 25 years. On 26 August 1976, he was awarded the Commissioner's Bronze Baton for Bravery. His citation states that, when unarmed he "displayed initiative, bravery and devotion to duty of a high order in an incident which resulted in the arrest of two terrorists."

1979 – Pte D. GOVO, Depot RAR, died of accidental gunshot wounds.

1979 – Cpl Constant LAUBSCHER, B Coy, 8th Bn RR, died from wounds received in action, Wedza, Op Thrasher, aged 19 years.

1979 – DSA Charles MAVURA, Kp Prtn Intaf, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †  


  • September 07, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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  • May 04, 2018
  • Liedie Odendaal

Major Lukas Grundling was my Uncle. A true Soldier, An honorable man with pride, strict but fair. My Hero Uncle. Was 12 years old when we received the terrible news, He will always be in our memories and hearts.

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