Today, 25 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

25 Sep 1964: P/18727 Corporal Johannes David Kriel, an Air Photographer attached to 22 Flight (Later 22 Squadron) was Reported Missing while documenting "Operation Flaminkdans", the welcoming of the South African Navy Frigate SAS President Pretorius into South African waters. The Westland Wasp Helicopter, Serial No. 86 in which he was flying, suffered engine failure and crashed into Table Bay, 7 miles West of Dassen Island. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 25.

25 Sep 1981: 80670391CK Rifleman Frederick Hikab from the South African Cape Corps, attached to Sector 30 Headquarters SWATF was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in the Etosha Game Reserve. He was 22.

25 Sep 1985: 77526291BG Rifleman Anton Botha from Infantry School was critically injured in a private motor vehicle accident between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn on 23 Sep 1985. He was transferred to the Tygerberg Hospital where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on 25 September 1985. He was 24.

25 Sep 1987: 85332369BG Private Adriaan Jacobus Naude from 1 Maintenance Unit was accidentally electrocuted while offloading military supplies at the Modder River Station, South of Kimberley. He was 18.

25 Sep 1987: 86202983BG Lance Corporal Herman Adolf Oosthuizen from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment attached to Fort Doppies was killed in a military vehicle accident while engaged in anti-insurgency operations in South Eastern Angola. He was 26.

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1976 – Cpl Roy Colin DARCK, A(NS) Coy, RR, died in Chiredzi district Hospital from gunshot wounds sustained in a shooting accident in the south east operational area, at the age of 24.

1976 – Cst Richard GUTSA, L Tp, SU, BSAP, died from gunshot wounds in a contact in the Chiduku TTL, Makoni district, Op Thrasher. Died aged 23.

1977 – Rfn I.R. McCormick I.R., 1st Bn, RLI, died on active service.

1979 – DSA Tafuma GOMO and DSA Bernard NYANDORO, both of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

1979 – Jnr Cpl A. MADUNUSA, Gd W. MASANGO, Jnr Cpl V. NDHLOVU, Gd C.H. NYAKAZA of 1st Bn, and Gd Samson TAWONATESHE of RHQ Alpha, Op Hurricane, GF, all died on active service. They may have died in terrorist actions, but this is not reflected in the records.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • September 25, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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