Today, 5 November, 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. 


05 Nov 1971: 67012484E Corporal Nicolaas Frederick van Rensburg from 22 Flight (later 22 Squadron) was killed in a private vehicle accident in Cape Town. He was 20.

05 Nov 1978: 75504928BG Private Michael Kidd from Air Force Base Hoedspruit was accidentally killed in a shooting incident at Pilgrims Rest involving his Guard Duty partner at the Base. He was 19.

05 Nov 1981: 75568253BG Candidate Officer Stephanus Francois Stephan Coetzee from 25 Field Squadron was Killed in Action in a landmine explosion in Southern Angola during Ops Daisy while attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group. He was 22.

05 Nov 1981: 80588858CK Private Louis Brian Schoeman from the S.A. Cape Corps Maintenance Unit was accidentally killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned near Rundu. He was 17.

05 Nov 1985: 71407803PE Sergeant Leonardus Johannes Coetzee from Air Force Headquarters was killed in a military vehicle accident at Kamieskroon. He was 30.

05 Nov 1985: 81267130BG Rifleman Nicolaas William Smuts from 1 Parachute Battalion was Killed in Action while acting as a MAG gunner when his patrol was ambushed near Alpha Tower by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents who were in the process of kidnapping local Owambo children from their villages. During the fierce fire-fight that followed, all the insurgents were killed but he was found dead behind his machine gun. He was 20.

05 Nov 1988: 87090551CK Rifleman John Norman Botha from the 2nd Battalion Cape Corps was shot and killed by another soldier during an argument at 97 Ammunition Depot at De Aar. He was 19.

05 Nov 1988: 78913282SP Sergeant B. Calipe from 32 Battalion collapsed and died after suffering kidney failure while stationed at Buffalo. He was 34.


1972 – PO Royston Albert "Roy" GRIFFIN, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a motorcycle accident at Concession, aged 23.

1977 – Pte Aaron MUKAPANDA, 2nd Bn RAR, died on active service.

1978 – Rfn Grant “Ginge” ROSS, B Coy, 1st Bn, RR, died from a possible heart attack whilst being deployed on the back of an army vehicle. Aged 21.

1979 – Spr Nathan CHIRWA, 7 Sqn, RhE, died of shrapnel wounds received in a CT action.

1979 - Pte Abraham A. CHITATE, Pte Lucian KATSIDZIRA and Pte Cuthbert MANDEYA, all of Depot RR, died in a vehicle accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • November 05, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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