Today, 14 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.


14 January 1972: 5477 Signaler Lionel Gericke, a South African National serving in the Rhodesian School of Signals and based at Brady Barracks, died after suffering severe head injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Bulawayo to Salisbury road. He was 25.

14 Jan 1974: W48815B Detective Sergeant Phillipus Johannes Cornelius Schutte from the South African Police, attached to the British South African Police in Rhodesia, accidentally drowned during Ops Hurricane while swimming in the Musengezi River near Gutsa in the Zambesi Valley, Rhodesia. His body was successfully recovered and returned to South Africa for burial in his home town of Brakpan. He was 29.

14 Jan 1978: 72372683BG Corporal Alan Gordon-Bennet from Northern Transvaal Command was killed in a military vehicle accident at Nelspruit. He was 21.

14 Jan 1981: 81511891SP Rifleman C. Cabonga from 32 Battalion who was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola. He was 25.


    1972 – Smn Lionel GERRICKE, Sch of Signals, RhSigs, died from head injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on the Bulawayo/Salisbury road. He was 25 years old.

    1978 – Cst Edward BEREJENA, Q Tp, SU, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident in the operational area, aged 24.

    1979 – Pte Luciano Cesar MANACAS, 6 Prtn Coy, 2Bn, RDR, was shot and killed by fire from Zambia, aged 19. Luciano, at the time based at the Matetsi River Bridge between Victoria Falls and Wankie, was on the Victoria Falls bridge when the incident happened at about 0100 hrs on that Sunday morning. He fell onto the Zambian bank where his body was recovered and taken to the morgue in Livingstone. A photograph of his body, dressed in Rhodesian camouflage and identified by his brother, appeared on the front page of the Zambian Times. The newspaper claimed that Luciano was the leader of a 30-man commando intent on sabotaging the bridge. His body was not repatriated. Source: His brother Augusto Manacas.

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • January 14, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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