Today, 2 December, 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 Dec 1965: 61089728N Rifleman Mark Andrew Brown from the Kaffrarian Rifles died as a result of heat exhaustion during a training session at the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn. The heat was reported at over 37 Degrees C during the training session. As a direct result of the findings of Board of Enquiry held into his death, training procedures were modified and amended. He was 21.

02 Dec 1978: 74512328BG Corporal Johannes Havenga from 5 SAI was Killed in Action after being struck in the chest by a Soviet RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rocket during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents at Eenhana. He was 20.

02 Dec 1979: 72283484PE Lieutenant Johannes Jacobus Du Toit from 3 SAI Died of Wounds while serving in Rhodesia. His Section was attached to a convoy that were responsible for checking the road for land mines and at sunset, they set up a Temporary Base (TB) for the night. Just before 08h00 the following morning, the TB was attacked by a numerically superior force of ZANU insurgents and came under heavy small-arms, mortar and RPG-7 rocket fire. He was wounded in the neck by shrapnel and although treated for his wounds, he succumbed through loss of blood before he could be evacuated. He was 23.

02 Dec 1980: 80627912CK Rifleman Nicolaas Christian Izaks from the South African Cape Corps was killed when he was struck by a bullet from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle while stationed at M’pacha in the Caprivi Strip. He was 21.

2 Dec 1984: 79300190BG Rifleman Wynand Eckard from 2 Parachute Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in South West Africa while on leave pass. He was 21.

02 Dec 1988: 85411213BG Rifleman Johannes Gerhardus Janse van Vuuren from the SADF Equestrian Centre was killed in a private motorcycle accident while on a weekend pass in Klerksdorp. He was 20.


1978 – Pte Basilio TONGAYI, 1st Bn, RAR, died in a vehicle accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 02, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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