Today, 16 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. 


16 Oct 1963: PX48839 2/Lieutenant Henry Andre’ Botha from 17 Squadron was killed when his Alouette III Helicopter, Serial No.35 crashed near Dullstroom in heavy fog while on a flight from Pilgrimsrest to Pretoria. He was 20.

16 Oct 1969: Two members from 24 Squadron were Reported Missing when their Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S-51, Serial No. 415, disappeared over the sea 30km east of the Tugela River Mouth while carrying out night exercises. The crew have no known grave and remain unaccounted for. During 1977, a section of a Buccaneer engine panel and some other wreckage was found in the nets of a fishing trawler when it returned from the area. In 2014, one complete main undercarriage leg with wheel rim and tyre was found in the nets of a fishing trawler returning from the same area. The serial number on the wheel rim positively identified the wreckage as belonging to this aircraft. The Buccaneer crew were:

  • 01219401E Major Stephanus Sebastiaan Odendaal (Pilot). He was 31.
  • 01238658E Major Peter Webb (Navigator). He was 28.

16 Oct 1973: 70379177N Rifleman Raymond Fourie from 4 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident on the Ventersdorp to Randfontein Road. He was 19.

16 Oct 1981: 81512121SP Rifleman Alfredo Samba from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 32.

16 Oct 1982: 79301586BG Rifleman Barend Jacobus Christoffel Strydom from 7 SAI accidentally drowned at Phalaborwa. He was 19.

16 Oct 1986: 77204386PE Captain Fred Turner from 32 Battalion was killed in private motor vehicle accident at Paternoster. He was 25.

16 Oct 1986: Two members from the Sasolburg Commando were killed in a military vehicle accident at Deneysville while returning from a military funeral. They were:

  • 65934903KV Commandant Wallace Goosen. He was 56.
  • 08051088KV Captain Christiaan Johannes Cloete. He was 34.

16 Oct 1987: Three members from 4 Artillery Regiment were killed when their Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Mariental while trying to avoid a head-on collision with a civilian delivery vehicle. All three members were thrown out and crushed underneath the vehicle. The casualties were:

  • 83429985BG 2/Lieutenant George Michael Howard. He was 20.
  • 84350818BG Lance Bombardier Peter Mansfield. He was 19
  • 82410597BG Gunner Sean Rene Biet. He was 20

16 Oct 1988: 73542145KH Rifleman Nicolaas Johannes Wolmarans from the Bethal Commando was killed when he was struck down by a civilian vehicle while carrying out road block duty on the Delmas / Kriel Road. He was 32.

16 Oct 1988: 84221159BG 2/Lieutenant Riaan Frans Janse van Vuuren from Sector 20 Headquarters Unit SWATF was killed in a Private Motor Vehicle Accident while on leave. He was 19.


1976 – DA Francis TONHORA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died in a vehicle accident about 4 km from Nikiwa Keep, Mrewa, Op Hurricane. He was 25 years old.

1977 – FR Robert Randall ASHWORTH, FR, PR, BSAP, was killed by a passing vehicle while on roadblock duty in Salisbury, Salops. The tragic accident occurred only two months after Robert had joined the reserve.

1978 – Cpl Geography KANDEYA and DSA Sani Jekanyika MUZONDIWA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, were both murdered by CTs while on leave.

1979 – Cpl V.I. MUSAVENGANA, HQ, 4 Bde, listed by official Rhodesian Army records as missing in action and 'death presumed'.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 17, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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