Today, 6 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. 


06 Nov 1965: 62187968E Air Mechanic Barend Jacobus Phillipus Schutte from 68 Air School died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while he was in Pretoria. He was 20.

06 Nov 1978: 75409045BG Private Paul Burger from 61 Base Workshop Technical Service Corps was killed in a private motor vehicle accident, 10 km outside Pretoria on the Witbank highway. He was 20.

06 Nov 1979: 79841235HO Rifleman M.L. Lifasi for Sector 70 Headquarters SWATF was killed in a military vehicle accident in the Caprivi. He was 19.

06 Nov 1979: Two members from 101 Battalion SWATF were Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. They were:

  • Corporal M. Djolomien. He was 27
  • Rifleman J. Akaando. He was 24

06 Nov 1979: 76539691BG Private Anthony Raul Da Costa Miranda from Services School was accidentally shot dead by a fellow soldier who was busy cleaning his private firearm. A shot went off and the bullet struck Anthony in the head, killing him instantly. He was 19.

06 Nov 1983: 81421455BG Rifleman Daniel Pieter Oosthuizen from 4 SAI attached to 62 Mechanised Battalion Group was accidentally killed when his Unimog 127mm MRL vehicle overturned near Otjiwarongo. He was 19.

06 Nov 1990: 88203617BG Lance Corporal Dirk Johannes Jacobus Kotze from the School of Armour was accidentally killed during military exercises at the General De Wet Training Terrain. He tried to pick up an unexploded mortar bomb for a souvenir and as he disturbed the device, it exploded, killing him instantly. He was 21.


1976 – Rfn Charles William "Charlie" VERMAAK, 2nd Bn RR, died from gunshot wounds in a contact in the operational area, at the age of 21.

1977 – Rfn Edward James BENTO, C Coy, 10th Bn, RR, was killed in a shooting accident. He was mistakingly shot by his stick commander when he went to relieve himself after the stick had taken up all-round positions during the night. The accident was deemed the product of the lack of re-training of inexperienced soldiers.

1977 – L/Cpl Cephas SIBANDA, 2nd Bn RR, died on active service.

1979 – Cpl Mackenzie JANI, 1 Bn, GF, died on active service.

1979 – Pte T. NDLOVU, Depot RR, died in a vehicle accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • November 06, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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