Today, 6 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. 


06 Dec 1968: 66307414PE 2/Lieutenant Ian Anthony Hefer from 5 Squadron was killed when his De Havilland Vampire FB9, Serial Number 247, crashed near Waterkloof during a routine training flight. He was 18.

06 Dec 1977: 72454275BT Signaler Jan Johannes Bothma from 84 Signals Unit was killed in a head-on collision between a Military Bedford and a Military Landrover on the Grootfontein to Rundu road. He was 22.

06 Dec 1988: 75010074PE Sergeant Petrus Alwyn Minnaar from 3 Electronic Workshops was killed in a military vehicle accident at Rundu. He was 29.

06 Dec 1988: 83599704BG Corporal Derrick Gobey from 2 SAI was killed when his Samil 100 truck overturned at Bagani. He was 20.

06 Dec 1988: 85312791BG Rifleman Deon Potgieter from 1 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident 6km outside Parys on the Parys to Vredefort road. He was 19.


1972 – Sgt Emilio DZINGAI, Depot, RhASC, died on active service.

1975 – Rfn Matthew John SCALLAN, NS, Army, died in a vehicle accident on the Salisbury to Bulawayo road. He was 18 years old.

1976 – Cpl Keith Peter LOCKE, Spt Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, died from gunshot wounds in a contact, western Kandeya TTL, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane, aged 22 years. The previous night, a group of ZANLA CTs walked into an ambush of Spt Cdo troops under Cpl Keith Locke, but only one CT was wounded. At first light, and in drizzling rain, the patrol started a follow-up, moving through thick bush where it was suspected the CTs had gone to ground. A firefight quickly ensued and the K-Car commander ordered his troops on the ground to move forward. A lone CT in a well-concealed position, waited for the troops to get very close before opening fire. Keith was shot and killed instantly, and L/Cpl J. Fourie badly wounded. Fourie, however, his thoughts with the other casualty, lobbed grenades at the CT position before withdrawing, actions which would earn him the BCR. The CT was eventually flushed out and killed.

1976 – DSAs Tasisiyo Dzingai Sampson DZINGWA (20) and Calisto Chamunakire MASHAVIRA (20), both of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died 6 km from Kanyemba Sipolilo, Op Hurricane, when the vehicle they were travelling in detonated a landmine.

1977 – Sgt Richard Louis "Dick" BIEDERMAN, C Sqn, SAS, was killed in an accidental shooting in Mozambique, at the age of 26. SAS operators were on covert operations aimed at disrupting ZANLA and FRELIMO logistical lines when the accident, involving another SAS patrol, occurred. He was an American national.

1979 – DSA Abraham MAPIYE, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed in an ambush.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 06, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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