Today, 12 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. 


12 Dec 1975: 73253460BA Rifleman David Hercules Dewald Marais from 2 SAI Died of Wounds received in action on 10 December 1975 in a contact with a Cuban Patrol during Ops Savannah. He was part of a patrol sent out to clear a road which ran parallel to the Nhia River in Central Angola near Bridge 14. The patrol was preparing a TB when they encountered a Cuban patrol dressed in the same uniforms. A few words were exchanged with the Cubans before a fire-fight broke out in which he was critically wounded. The Cuban Patrol was wiped out by SADF counter-fire. Because of the situation, Marais could only be evacuated across the Nhia River early on the morning of 11 December 1975. He unfortunately succumbed to his wounds in the Forward Surgical Hospital at Cela on 12 December 1975. He was 18.

12 Dec 1979: 76267160BG Rifleman Johannes Jacobus Fourie from 5 SAI was Killed in Action during a 20 minute contact with a numerically superior force of 181 heavily armed SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-line. He was 20.

12 Dec 1980: 76361583BG 2/Lieutenant Arthur Eduard De Villiers from 3 SAI was killed instantly at Ondangwa during a thunderstorm when lightning struck a tent pole while he was holding onto the tent pole chain. He was 20.

12 Dec 1980: Rifleman Gary Lang from 61 Mech Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident while on pass. He was 19.

12 Dec 1992: 90705344HG Rifleman Sabelo Lukhozi from 21 Battalion was attacked and stabbed to death by persons unknown while on foot patrol in Soweto. He was 24.


1978 – Sgt Ross Anthony EWING, RIC, was killed in action at Nkai. 
“Ross Ewing was killed at Nkai when I was there. He went out with the 2.5 with a PO named Ant Knight and some police constables to rescue District Officer Iain Fyfe, my husband, and Trevor Smith (also Intaf), along with some DAs who were stuck in the bush with a Puma after heavy rains. They had settled down for the night with Bobby Joe, our dog, in the cab after stealing some blankets from a local store and were quite happy. The terrs had formed an ambush position on all roads leading to the Puma as they knew someone would be coming. Ross should not have gone in at night and secondly not with a 2.5. Ant was manning the mounted Browning and Ross was driving. As they came into the ambush zone Ant returned fire until the Browning jammed. Ross was shot and died instantly, falling on the steering wheel and drifting to the side. The police guys grabbed Ant and ran him out of the ambush area - he has them to thank for his life.” - Linda Kreidl

1979 – PO Kevin Francis LAWLER, GC, BSAP, was killed in a landmine explosion near Jambezi Camp in the Op Tangent area, at the age of 21. Kevin was travelling in a Bedford RL along the Ndhlovu Road towards Jambezi Camp at about 1100. He was up front in the passenger seat and the vehicle was being driven by Patrol Officer Mark Card. They struck a landmine, front nearside, directly under where Kevin was sitting, killing him instantly.

1979 – FR Andrew John "Andy" PASCOE, PATU, BSAP, died in a vehicle ambush, Tshinu Village, Tjolotjo district, Op Tangent. After a ZIPRA CT fired an RPG from a tree overlooking the road, the rocket struck the back of the Kudu in which Pascoe was travelling. He died from shrapnel wounds, at the age of 24 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 12, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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  • May 04, 2018
  • Ivor Furman

Re : Andy Pascoe, who is never far from my mind and soul. Your information needs to be corrected. We were driving to Sipepa Village and I drove into an ambush. 3 rifle grenades were fired from the left, 3 rifle grenades were fired from the right. All 6 exploded against the sides of the Kudu. One rifle grenade came down vertically and landed between Andy and myself. Andy had has stomach ripped open and died after a few hours from massive haemorrhage. So sorry, wish this would not have happened.

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