Today, 17 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.


17 Jan 1977: 71349229KT Rifleman Johannes Jesajus Botha from the Springs Commando was critically wounded in the stomach during July 1976 while stationed at Katima Mulilo when struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle. Evacuated to 1 Military, he never recovered sufficiently to be discharged from hospital and eventually succumbed to his wounds on 17 January 1977. He was 21.

17 Jan 1977: 73290587BA Rifleman Edward Leslie Mayo from 5 SAI was accidentally shot dead by a fellow soldier while preparing an ambush east of the Kwando River. He was 19.

17 Jan 1985: Special Constable Shopeke Hatutale from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Unit: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 32.

17 Jan 1988: 86106598HG Rifleman Dumisani Ngubani from 121 Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident in Durban. He was 24.

17 Jan 1990: 89077085CK Rifleman Johan Bush from the 2nd Battalion South African Cape Corps was killed in a military vehicle accident between Bray and Mosita. He was 17. 


      1972 - Flt Sgt - Tech/Gnr Peter Garden (aged 28), No 7 Sqn RhAF, KOAS.

      1972 - Air Lt – Plt Guy Munton-Jackson (aged 26), No 7 Sqn RhAF, KOAS.
      ( Both airmen above were KOAS in an air accident at 03:00 hrs whilst flying an Alouette IIIB R5077 in heavy weather near Gwelo, Op Grapple.

      1974 – Pte Stephen Severino (aged 26), 1st Bn RAR, KIA by a gunshot wound in a contact, Centenary, Op Hurricane.

      1975 – Rfn John Darley (aged 19), Depot RhA, KOAS from severe head injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on the Rusape/Inyazura road.

      1977 – Cst Erick Ncube (aged 22), GC BSAP, Murdered.

      1977 – D Cst Nhlalo Ntini (aged 37), SB BSAP, Murdered.
      (Both policemen above were abducted and murdered by terrorists whilst on ground cover duties, Wankie TTL, Op Tangent.)

      1979 - SB Reservist Alan Keith (aged 22), CID BSAP, KIA from wounds received earlier in a contact.

      1979 – Rfn Phillip Visagie, C Coy, 1st Bn RR, KIA.

      1979 – L/Cpl Bethrod Zhonja, 1st Bn RR, Murdered by terrorists whilst off duty. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 17, 2017
      • Piet Fourie
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