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 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 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 who were responsible for checking the road for land mines and at sunset, 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 a short while later 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 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.


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

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 02, 2016
  • Piet Fourie
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