Today, 2 October, 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. 


02 Oct 1984: 77153757HK Rifleman M. Kamwanga from 202 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. He was 22.

02 Oct 1990: A civilian, James Elvin Nicholas Cruise was killed instantly and two others injured when he opened a parcel bomb that had been delivered to the computer company in Durban where he worked. It was known that the company worked with Trade Unions and other anti-apartheid organisations.

02 Oct 1992: 88327762BG Gunner Marlon Patrick Dammert from 14 Artillery Regiment was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Nietverdiend after one of the tyres burst, causing the driver to lose control. He was 20.

02 Oct 1993: Captain Charles Sergei Keith Rudnick from 85 Combat Flying School was killed when his Atlas MB326M Impala Mk I, Serial No. 489 (Falcon 5) crashed during an air show display at Lanseria after the starboard wing separated in flight. Although he successfully ejected, he was already very close to the ground and the steep downward vector resulted in no proper parachute deployment or ejection seat separation. He was found dead still strapped into the ejector seat. He was 34.


1977 – Pte James Albert DE ABREU, 2 Bn, RHU, RDR, was killed by a landmine, aged 35.

1977 – Sgt Leroy Everard "Lee" GAMBLE, RDR, died on active service.

1978 – Cpl Obert MABALEKA (Ndhlovu) (26), BCR (March 1978) and L/Cpl Lovemore MURASE (25), both of 2 Tp, S Scouts, were killed by "friendly fire", near Hartley. Due to an error, this area was not frozen (i.e. no-go to any troops other than Selous Scouts), the two Scouts, dressed as guerrillas, were shot and killed by a local PATU stick, made up of farmers from the area. Cpl Mabaleka’s BCR citation states that he successfully infiltrated a group of 30 CTs and was subsequently able to direct fire force on to the area, resulting in 10 CTs being killed. His leadership, courage and determination were an excellent example to his men.

1978 – PO Daniel William "Danny" PRATT (22), Uniform, BSAP, died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, of leukaemia, aged 22 years. Injured in a vehicle accident almost exactly a year earlier, it was while he was recovering from his injuries in hospital that doctors discovered that he had leukaemia. Tragically, this accident had claimed the life of his father Insp (T) Geoff PRATT, as well as two Field Reservists, Dave ARMSTRONG and Eric MOSS.

1979 – 2Lt Kevin Hugh "Canvas" TENNENT, G/Scts, died in a shooting incident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 02, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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