Today, 28 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.


28 Jan 1976: 71249882E Rifleman Chris Kruger Moorcroft from 1 Parachute Battalion died from bronchial pneumonia and renal failure in 3 Military Hospital, Bloemfontein. He was 20.

28 Jan 1977: 76014059PE Sergeant Abraham Jacobus Smith from 32 Battalion died from injuries received when a private Piper PA28 Cherokee aircraft in which he was travelling as a passenger, crashed at Grootfontein. He was 34

28 Jan 1978: 76929009SP Rifleman Domingos Augusto from 32 Battalion was killed instantly from a gunshot wound accidentally self-inflicted during operations in Southern Angola. He was 35.

28 Jan 1978: 75014449PN Corporal Manuel Antonio Infante Ganhão from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment was Killed in Action during an engagement with FRELIMO Troops at a railway siding south of Mapai in Gaza Province, Moçambique during Operation Melon (SADF Name Operation Acrobat). He was attached to "D" Squadron Rhodesian Special Air Service at the time of his death. Prior to joining South African Army Special Forces, he was a former member of the Portuguese Army that served in Moçambique. He was 28.

28 Jan 1982: 79404075BG Rifleman Jacobus Frederick De Beer from 61 Base Workshops was critically injured on 25 January 1982 when he accidentally fell off the back of a moving military vehicle. He was evacuated to 1 Military Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on 28 January 1982. He was 18.

28 Jan 1982: Two members from 5 SAI, attached to 54 Battalion, were Killed in Action near Elundu when their patrol was ambushed by numerically superior force of SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. The casualties were:

  • 77336790BG Rifleman William Robert Dawson. He was 20.
  • 78215753BG Rifleman Alexander Forbes. He was 19.

28 Jan 1983: 79495834BG Private Peter Alan Beard from the South African Medical Corps Headquarters was killed in a Military Vehicle accident at Mooi River. He was 19.

28 Jan 1985: 69011294PE Sergeant Willem Johan Gouws from Air Force Base Hoedspruit was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Pilgrims Rest. He was 40.


      1978 – DPO Roger BRITLAND, SB, BSAP, died whilst sub-aqua diving in the subterranean pool at Sinoia Caves, aged 28 years. His brother Peter, also a policeman, was killed in action at Nyamapanda fifteen months earlier. 

      † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten † 

      • January 28, 2019
      • Piet Fourie
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