Today, 28 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.


28 Dec 1971: 69210524 Ordinary Seaman Johannes Petrus Gerhardus Botha from SAS Simonsberg was killed in a private motor vehicle accident between Reddersberg and Bloemfontein when his vehicle struck a bridge and overturned. He was 18.

28 Dec 1983: 82475815BG Trooper Norman Walter Niemand from 1 Special Service Battalion attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, was Killed in Action in Southern Angola when his Ratel 20 was struck by a Soviet 122mm BM-21 Katyusha Rocket during an enemy bombardment whilst in laager with an Artillery Section during Ops Askari. He was 19.


1977 – Cst Stanislous Chinyuku, Uniform BSAP, DOAS of meningitis at Tomlinson Depot.

1979 – Tpr Gary Banks, Spt Cdo, 1st Bn RLI, DOAS from cerebral malaria, contracted during an external op in Zambia.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • December 28, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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