Today, 17 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.


17 Sep 1962: P/2933 Warrant Officer Class 1 Johannes Jacobus Squier Heunis from 91 Ammunition Depot collapsed and died after suffering a fatal heart attack while in Pretoria. He was 45.

17 Sep 1980: 76454842BG Rifleman Adriaan Christoffel Ackerman from 7 SAI was accidentally shot dead by a fellow member while stationed at Nkongo Base. He was 20.

17 Sep 1981: 78547817BG Rifleman Gerhardus Johan Myburgh from 1 SAI died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while at Omuthiya. He was 19.

17 Sep 1981: 78422318BG Trooper Diederick Arnoldus Steyn from 2 Special Service Battalion was critically injured in a military vehicle accident on 7 September 1981 and succumbed to his injuries on 1 Military Hospital on 17 September 1981. He was 19.

17 Sep 1982: 74283698BG Corporal Luther Johannes Botha from the Northern Transvaal Provost Unit was killed in private motor cycle accident in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. He was 23

17 Sep 1984: 78912367SP Corporal C Paulo from 32 Battalion was accidentally smothered and suffocated during a training exercise. He was 28.

17 Sep 1987: 75584912PC Sergeant Rudolf Morris from the South African Cape Corps died from a stab wound received during an altercation with a fellow soldier while at the Touwsriver Training Area. He was 29.

17 Sep 1991: 88235353BG Rifleman Louis Johann Swart from the Dog Training Centre died from the effects of smoke inhalation while assisting to extinguish a veld fire at Bourkes Luck. He was 19.


1976 – DPO Michael Gordon "Mike" SULLIVAN, SB, BSAP, died from gunshot wounds when a Police launch on the Zambezi River was fired on from the Zambian bank, Kanyemba, Op Hurricane. Two police launches from Kanyemba were patrolling the Zambezi River looking for CT crossing points when they came under heavy fire from Zambia. PO Rob Campbell and DPO Mike Sullivan both received head wounds, but the latter sadly died. Seven members of the BSAP received bravery awards for their subsequent actions on the river during the incident. Died at the age of 24.

1978 – Gd Edmore CHARINGIRA, K Sgt Hofisi JOJO and K Comm Mark Peter SHAPLEY, all of PV Prtn Group, GF, were killed in a landmine explosion.

1978 – Cpl Alan John GRANLUND, Medic, 2(Indp) Coy RAR, died in a vehicle accident. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • September 17, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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