11 Feb 1978: 72570187PE Lieutenant Johannes Hendrik Du Toit from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment attached to “D” Squadron Rhodesian Special Air Service was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in an ambush in Gaza Province, Moçambique. He was 23.
11 Feb 1980: 76224757BG Private Gert Petrus Gerber from Central Flying School Dunnottar attached to 95 Tactical Airfield Unit, Ondangwa, suffered critical head injuries when his fuel tanker vehicle overturned near Oluno in Northern Owamboland on 5 February 1980. He succumbed to his injuries in 1 Military Hospital on 11 February 1980. He was 19.
11 Feb 1981: 80631858CK Rifleman Archie Ronnie Williams from the 1st Battalion South African Cape Corps died from a gunshot wound accidentally sustained while on patrol in Northern Owamboland. He was 26.
11 Feb 1982: 75501494BT Sapper Phillipus Johannes De Bruin from 5 Engineer Regiment was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 23.
11 Feb 1985: Nine members from 32 Battalion were Killed in Action and five more Died of Wounds when Charlie Company Patrol was operating in the vicinity of the Bale River in Southern Angola during Ops Forte. Due to a critical shortage of water, the Company Commander was forced by circumstance to move towards a known waterhole situated close to a large SWAPO/PLAN base. The Patrol passed slightly to the right of the well-prepared Base that was manned by more than 100 enemy soldiers. Although the 32 Battalion Patrol opened fire first, the reaction time of the SWAPO/PLAN fighters inside the base was quicker than expected. In the 25 minutes of heavy close-quarter fighting that followed, Charlie Company suffered heavy casualties. Altogether 8 men from the Company were Killed in Action and many more were wounded, 5 of them succumbing to their wounds later. The eight casualties that were killed in the initial contact were:
After sunset while the casualties were being evacuated to a temporary emergency base, another four of the wounded men, all suffering from massive chest wounds as a result of Rifle Grenades and RPG-7 Rockets, succumbed to their injuries. They were:
The final death from this contact occurred at 10h00 on 12 February 1985 when another soldier, who had also suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to the body, succumbed to his injuries. He was:
1970 – Cst TINARWO, Uniform, BSAP, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, in the police station at Chatsworth. He was 21 years old.
1974 – Cst Paul DUBE, Uniform, BSAP, was killed when struck by a vehicle whilst on cycle patrol in the Bulawayo suburbs, aged 22.
1977 – DSA James ZOMBU, Intaf, was killed in a CT action at Gokwe, Op Hurricane.
1977 – Cpl Winston ZOWAH, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed in action at Mount Darwin, Op Hurricane. Winston, a founder member of the Horse Troop, was based at Pachanza Keep after leaving the mounted unit. Their keep came under attack that night, and Winston took up his designated position in one of the corner bunkers of which he was in charge. As he was directing fire against their assailants, a bullet entered the gap in the bunker and killed him. He was accorded a military funeral close to the village of Mt Darwin.
1979 – Cst Patrick NYADUTE, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a shooting incident, aged 27 years.
1979 – Rct Thembikile Bubi SHABANI, Depot RAR, was killed in a CT action.
1980 – Cpl Ian Robert TRAYNOR BCR, 5th Bn, RR, died on active service. His BCR citation states that, as a machine gunner in the RLI (former Support Commando before leaving the RLI), he had been in more than 40 contacts, displaying gallantry and determination in action. He personally accounted for 30 CTs.