Today, 21 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.


21 Jan 1977: Two members from 3 SAI and one member from 13 Maintenance Unit were killed in a military vehicle accident at Tobias. They were:

  • 73432007BT Lance Corporal Leon Steyn from 13 Maintenance Unit. He was 19.
  • 73241531BC Rifleman Jacobus Marais from 3 SAI. He was 19
  • 72380348BA Rifleman Ettienne Pieter van der Westhuizen from 3 SAI. He was 20.

21 Jan 1977: 75342402BA Private Stephen Trevor Parvess from 1 Maintenance Unit Collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during Basic Training at Potchefstroom. He was 18.

21 Jan 1978: 76271055BA Corporal Andre van den Boogaard from the SADF Equestrian Centre was killed in a military vehicle accident on the Ventersdorp Road. He was 18,

21 Jan 1983: 77396752PE Lieutenant Frederick Christiaan van Zyl from 8 SAI accidentally drowned in the Orange River while trying to assist three soldiers who had got into difficulties while swimming. He was 21.

21 Jan 1986: 84918168SWH Rifleman Joshua Isaac Kuvari from 102 Battalion SWATF was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 20.

21 Jan 1996: 93773133PV Rifleman Joel Mokgatle from 61 Mechanised Battalion was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 23


      1978 – FR ISAAC, PR, BSAP, died in an accident in the Chinamora TTL, Salops.

      1978 – Cst Mtandazo MOYO, H Tp, SU, BSAP, died in Umtali Hospital from wounds sustained in a CT action, at the age of 20.

      1979 – Pte Tamba CHIVISE, 2(Indep) Coy, RAR, died from wounds received in a contact near Karoi.

      1979 – DSA Stachio KATUKU, Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

      1979 – Pte Marko WHAMI, 2(Indep)Coy, RAR, was murdered by CTs while off duty. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 21, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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