Today, 30 September, we salute and honour 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. 


30 Sep 1983: 79405536BG Rifleman Joshua Daniel Joubert Steyn from 4 SAI, attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was accidentally killed in a shooting Incident at Omuthiya. He was 20.

30 Sep 1988: 86539533BG Sapper Robert Renison from the Army Battle School died from a gunshot wound, accidentally self-inflicted after he shot himself in the chest while playing with his firearm in the Duty Room at Lohathla. He was 18.

30 Sep 1988: 8776629BW Rifleman Lefu Andries Chauzane from 54 Battalion was accidentally killed near the entrance to 5 Maintenance Unit in Owamboland. He had crawled under his Kwevoel vehicle to check on a mechanical problem and as he emerged from under the vehicle, he was struck on the head by a passing Buffel Troop Carrier and suffered very severe head injuries. He died on the scene a short while later. He was 18.

30 Sep 1998: 8539326PE Flight Sergeant Vincent Killoch from the South African Air Force was killed in a private motor vehicle accident at Kyalami. He was 28.


1977 – C Insp Arthur William LAKE, Uniform BSAP, died on active service.

1977 – Gd Godfrey MURUNGWENI, PV Prtn Group, GF, was killed in a CT action.

1978 – L/Cpl Charles Basil WOLFENDEN, 1st Bn RDR, was killed in a night attack on a satellite base outside of Rusape.

1979 – Aux Cst Naison MPOFU, BSAP, was killed in a CT action, Op Tangent, at the age of 40.

1979 – Aux Cst Obert Sihlabo NCUBE (26) and Cst Euvencio SHAKA (19), both of the BSAP, died in tragic circumstances.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • September 30, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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