Today, 23 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.


23 Jan 1981: 77374536BG Rifleman Aubrey John Botha from 11 Commando Regiment died from gunshot wounds accidentally sustained while at Umtata. He was 19.

23 Jan 1981: 77309953BG Rifleman Dieter Otto Haase from the South West Africa Infantry Battalion SWATF was killed in a private motor vehicle accident approximately 20km south of Kalkrand in South West Africa while on weekend pass. He was 20.

23 Jan 1982: 8254375PE Private (Miss) Karen Mona van Rensburg from the Administrative Service Corps was killed in a private motor vehicle accident in Voortrekkerhoogte while on official duty. She was 19.

23 Jan 1984: 81059750BG Corporal Johannes Hendrik Roets from 4 SAI was Killed in Action when his Buffel Troop Carrier detonated a landmine near the Cut-line. He was 19.

23 Jan 1986: 882423070BG Rifleman Deon Francis Du Toit from 3 SAI was killed in a military vehicle accident. He was 19.

23 Jan 1987 83348276BG Corporal Marthinus Petrus van Loggerenberg from 4 SAI was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Nelspruit. He was 19.

23 Jan 1988: Four members from 54 Battalion were Killed in Action during a fierce engagement with a numerically superior force of FAPLA and PLAN troops in South Eastern Angola. The casualties were:

  • 85092385PC Corporal Dawid Petersen. He was 22.
  • 87954533CK Rifleman Joseph Brian Harker. He was 25.
  • 87092383CK Rifleman Phillip Dawid Matroos. He was 22.
  • 87959771CK Rifleman Alfred Snyders. He was 23.

23 Jan 1991: 90065129CK Rifleman Fanie Johan Jeneke from the 2nd Battalion South African Cape Corps was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned at Scottburgh. He was 18. 


      1970 – Sgt Alec MAMBETSHA, Uniform, BSAP, died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Mafeking Road, Bulawayo. He was 34 years old.

      1975 – WPO Marsha Odette BROWN, CID - Drugs Sec, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident in Salisbury. She was 19 years old.

      1976 – Rfn James Jurie KRIEK, 6th Bn, RR, was killed in a shooting accident in the North East border area. Died aged 38.

      1978 – Ext Asst Samuel THEBE, ADF, Intaf, was murdered by CTs.

      1978 Rfn Trevor George WATTS and Sgt Ian Douglas WOOD, both of C Coy, 9th Bn, RR, were killed in a mortar pit at Vila Salazar when a mortar from Malvernia, Mozambique, exploded.

      1979 – DSAs Douglas MAKUMIRE and Lewisam TEKENENDE, both of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service.

      1979 – Pte Mastaff MUTANGA, 2(Indep) Coy, RAR, died from wounds received in a contact near Karoi, Op Hurricane. He was casevaced to Kariba where he subsequently died.

      1979 – FR Thomas Lionel SCOTT, PR, BSAP, died on active service.

      1979 – DSA Fireyi SITHOLE, ARU Chipinga, Intaf, died from wounds received in a contact, Op Thrasher. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


      • January 23, 2017
      • Piet Fourie
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