Today, 3 January, 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.


03 Jan 1976: 72416571BC 2/Lieutenant Daryl Quinton Brandon from 5 SAI Died of Wounds during Ops Savannah while leading a patrol in a contact against a numerically superior enemy force in Central Angola approximately 30km North of Cela. On 2 January 1976 during the SADF's mop up and withdrawal from Angola, he was in command of a 5 SAI platoon approaching Cela from the north. He was advised that Cuban troops occupied the hillocks ahead of them so he led his patrol on foot in the direction of these hillocks, camping overnight in rainy weather. Early the following morning on 3 January 1976, he led a section on a reconnaissance patrol leaving Corporal Vincent Rawlings and the remainder of the platoon in their temporary base at the foot of the hill. After leading his section up a footpath to the crest of the hill, he went forward to observe the enemy positions but was immediately shot and severely wounded by enemy machine gun fire when the patrol was ambushed. At great personal risk, Corporal Rawlings moved forward and retrieved the severely wounded Officer under heavy enemy machine-gun fire, an act that earned him the Honoris Crux Silver. Unfortunately this brave young officer succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Forward Army Surgical Hospital at Cela. He was 19.

03 Jan 1984: 76901420SP Corporal Adelino Aurelio from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 29.

03 Jan 1989: 80892664HD Lance Corporal Khazamula Obed Mathebula from 907 Special Services Company stationed at Arton Villa, Messina (Soutpanberg Military Area) was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned during an armed patrol between Masisi and Mabelikwe just outside the Western border of the Kruger National Park. He was 28.


1978 – Gd Masotha LIMA , PV Prtn Group, GF, was murdered by CTs.

1980 – Gd M. MAHUPE RHQ Charlie, Op Repulse, GF, died on active service.

1980 – Rfn Moses MUCHENA, 8th Bn, RR, was fatally injured in an accident.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • January 03, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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