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 1983: W85802B Lieutenant Frans Willem Conradie from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K (Koevoet) was critically injured at approximately 18:00 when his Rooikat vehicle overturned as the vehicle turned into the main street of Oshakati, opposite the Post Office. Warrant Officer Rob Brockway sustained a broken leg while Frans Conradie’s hip and pelvis were crushed. They were transported to the sick bay at Sector 10 Headquarters before being casevaced by Puma Helicopter to the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital at AFB Ondangwa where Lieutenant Conradie was pronounced dead on arrival. He was 30.

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 initial 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, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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