Today, 9 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. 


09 Oct 1978: 70306568N Sub-Lieutenant Christo Bosman from the South African Navy Minesweeper SAS Walvisbaai was Reported Missing approximately 7 nautical miles West of Walvis Bay while the vessel was carrying out minesweeping operations up the West Coast. It appears that his foot became entangled in a cable that was holding a marker buoy and he was dragged overboard. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 24.

09 Oct 1978: 74804113BG Gunner Andre Johan van der Bergh from 14 Artillery Regiment died in the Katima Mulilo Sickbay after contracting pneumonia. He was 20.

09 Oct 1987: Two members of 53 Battalion, one of them an Ops Medic attached to the Unit, were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned North of Ogongo. They were:

  • 84403450BG Rifleman John Ferreira. He was 19.
  • 85379626BG Rifleman Johannes Andries Le Roux (Ops Medic). He was 18

09 Oct 1987: 81903031BT Private Barend Johannes Schoenveldt from 16 Maintenance Unit was critically injured while trying to jump start another vehicle using a Samil 50. It appears that the Samil 50 hand brake was not properly applied and the vehicle rolled back and crushed him between the two vehicles. He succumbed to his injuries in the Messina Hospital. He was 22.


1976 – DA Innocent MANYENGA, Regular, Intaf, was killed in action near Mudzi, Op Hurricane.

1977 – DA John Kunyana Buka NKOMO, Regular, Intaf, was murdered by CTs whilst on R&R, Buka Line, Tjolotjo, Op Tangent.

1979 – DSA Zenzo Nobody Ntutha NCUBE, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed in a contact, Garigari Line, Tjolotjo TTL, Op Tangent. NS Vedette Phil Attenborough and fellow Vedette Wessel Zietsman encountered a small group of ZIPRA on the other side of a pan nearby Dlamini Protected Sub-Office. A firefight ensued, with elements of Intaf engaging the CTs from the back of a Puma troop carrier. As Zenzo stood up to change the magazine in the Bren gun he was operating, he was struck in the head by a single AK bullet, killing him instantly. His MSM was awarded but never presented when he was involved in an earlier incident in the district. DC Ian Matheson had led an Intaf stick on a follow-up after they were attacked by ZIPRA CTs the previous day, near Pumula Mission on the Botswana border. Zenzo, a very experienced tracker, followed the spoor which resulted in a contact in which several CTs were killed.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 09, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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