Today, 11 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.


11 Jan 1979: 70473848BT Rifleman Nicolaas Johannes Myburgh from the Botha Regiment was critically injured in a private motor vehicle accident and admitted to the Hospital in Messina with bleeding on the brain. He succumbed to his injuries not long after admission. He was 25.

11 Jan 1980: 77411411BG Lance Corporal Derick James Evans from 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned while on patrol in the Etosha Pan Game Reserve. He was 18.

11 Jan 1984: Two members from 32 Battalion were Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola during Ops Askari. They were:

  • 81553596SP Rifleman Joao Dala. He was 31.
  • 80830409SP Rifleman Isaac Malonga. He was 35.


    1970 – DC Brian John Ernest JOHNSTONE, Regular, Intaf, died of a gunshot wound to the head, Binga, aged 45 years.

    1975 – Sgt George Neo KALUWE, Sigs Sqn, 2 Bde, died from head injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on the Salisbury/Mtoko road, at the age of 37.

    1977 – DA Hemani Maseka MANGEZO, Regular, Intaf, was killed in action at Makoni.

    1977 – FA Joseph MUTERO, ADF, Intaf, was murdered by CTs at Chiredzi, Op Repulse.

    1979 – Sgt Clive Gordon "Chippo" CRIPPS, C Sqn, SAS, was killed by a bullet wound to the stomach, whilst driving a Unimog, when 10 ZANLA ambushed his patrol at Hot Springs as it was deploying for Ops in the Manica Province of Mozambique, Op Thrasher. The deployment into Mozambique was Op Gaiter.

    1980 – Cst Oliver MUNEMO, A Tp, SU, BSAP, was killed in a contact with CTs, at the age of 27.

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • January 11, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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