Today, 23 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.


23 Sep 1990: 83486357PS Lieutenant Sean James McGuiness from 42 Squadron was grievously burned when his Aermacchi AM-3C Bosbok, Serial No. 925 crashed at Potchefstroom on 12 September 1990. He succumbed to his injuries in 1 Military Hospital on 23 September 1990. He was 23. His Co-Pilot, Lieutenant Edward Diggle, also from 42 Squadron was killed in the crash.


1974 – Cpl Henry "Spider" ZIRACHA, 1st Bn RAR, died in Salisbury Central Hospital from severe head injuries sustained in a vehicle accident, at the age of 36.

1977 – FR Derek Arthur PARTRIDGE, PR, BSAP, died of a sudden heart attack during training, Salisbury Province, aged 47 years.

1979 – Gd E. MBENGANO, 1Bn, and Gd Godfrey Zamba, RHQ Delta, GF, both died on active service. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • September 23, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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