Today, 10 February, 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.


10 Feb 1951: P6275 Staff Sergeant Petrus Johannes Ferreira from the South African Infantry Corps accidentally drowned at Baberspan near Delareyville during a military training exercise while based in Potchefstroom. He was 31.

10 Feb 1954: 2/Lieutenant Petrus Jacobus van Aswegen, a Station Pilot at Air Force Station Bloemspruit, was killed when Harvard 7659 crashed near Bloemfontein while he was flying at low level. He was 23.

10 Feb 1972: 65451726E Lance Corporal James Charles Warren from 2 Squadron was accidentally killed in an aircraft ground mishap at the Squadron. He was in the process of removing the ejection seat from Mirage 802 when the drogue gun on the seat activated and he was fatally injured. He was 23.

10 Feb 1983: 78912359SP Rifleman Adao Salvador from 32 Battalion was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident at Mosese. He was 22.

10 Feb 1994: 86403821PS Lieutenant Garth Harold Esterhuizen from 42 Squadron was killed when his Cessna 185A, Serial No. 720 crashed at Carletonville after flying into power lines during a low level cross country training flight. He was 23.


1977 – Cst Lot TAGWIRA, Uniform/GC, BSAP, was killed by terrorists in the Gwanda district, Op Tangent, aged 25 years. Lot had been sent out on patrol on 9 February on a bicycle in full district Uniform, serving papers on TV and radio licence defaulters, but failed to return four days later. A search for him proved negative and on 2 March his body was found by a local. He had been shot and it was subsequently established that a small group of terrorists had been seen in the area on the day he disappeared.

1978 – Sgt Fanuel Mustaph KATETE, GC, BSAP, died from wounds received in action, at the age of 30. (

1979 – Pte John DE KOCK, 1st Bn, RDR, died on active service aged 51 years.

1979 – Cst Charles NCUBE, R Tp, SU, BSAP, was killed in a CT action, at the age of 21.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • February 10, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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