Today, 13 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. 


13 Dec 1976: 70459615BT Lance Corporal William Hendrik Boucher from 95 Tactical Airfield Unit (Later Air Force Base Ondangwa) was part of the SAAF Guard detail on the Base when a fire broke out in one of the tents in the Air Force camp area. While assisting to put out the fire, the heat of the flames caused a fire extinguisher to explode, killing him instantly. He was 22.

13 Dec 1977: 74362088PE Candidate Officer Gerard Genis from 4 Squadron was killed at Lanseria shortly after take-off in his Atlas MB326KM Impala Mk II, Serial Number 1016 when the radio compartment panel opened in flight causing the aircraft to roll inverted out of control. By the time the ejector seat activated, the aircraft was almost inverted causing the pilot to eject directly into the ground, killing him instantly. He was 19.

13 Dec 1985: 83904962SWK Rifleman J.N. Hamukwaya from 202 Battalion SWATF died in the Rundu State Hospital from injuries received when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned near Rundu. He was 23.

13 Dec 1987: 86068525CK Rifleman John Marcus Bothma from the South African Cape Corps was killed in a private vehicle accident at Usakos. He was 20.

13 Dec 1988: 87727046HJ Rifleman Alfred Mahlakwane from 116 Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident at Pietersburg. He was 22.

13 Dec 1988: 87073862BG Private Jacob Janse from 6 Maintenance Unit was admitted to 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein suffering from liver cancer. He succumbed to the disease on 13 December 1988. He was 22.


1975 – Pte Zacharia MUNERI, Pte, 1st Bn, RAR, died in a vehicle accident at the Lunga River Bridge on the Bulawayo/Essexvale road, at the age of 33.

1976 – Gd E. RATISAYI, PV Prtn Group, GF, died in an accidental shooting.

1977 – Rfn Martin D'Arcy BETTS, 2 Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, was killed at Nyamatombe Hill, Maramba TTL, Mrewa district, Op Hurricane. Fire Force elements of 2 Cdo had been deployed in the area in response to information indicating the presence of a large ZANLA camp. In a sweep through the broken terrain, CTs opened fire on the troops, and in an attempt to neutralise the position, Martin was shot and killed instantly. Four CTs were eventually killed with bunker bombs.

1979 – Jnr Cpl Z. MUTIZE, 1 Bn, GF, died on active service. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 13, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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