Today, 25 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.


25 Feb 1981: 78204567BG Private Cornelius Tobias van Schalkwyk from the Dog Training Centre died in hospital at Oshakati after contracting Malaria in Southern Angola while attached to 201 Battalion SWATF as a dog handler. He was 19.

25 Feb 1982: 76926542SP Sergeant Mario Izumbu from 32 Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident. He was 34.

25 Feb 1986: 74533761PE Captain Brian Du Preez from 116 Battalion was killed in a military motorcycle accident at Messina. He was 27.

25 Feb 1987: W404222W Sergeant Christiaan Petrus Momberg from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops-K Division (Koevoet) was critically wounded in the head during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland on 23 February 1987. He was evacuated to Eenhana where he later lapsed into a coma prior to being evacuated to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He remained on life support until declared brain dead on 25 February 1987. He was 23.

25 Feb 1988: 84385459BG Bombardier Clinton Hendricks from 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, was Killed in Action in Southern Angola near Cuito during Operation Hooper while operating with a 61 Mechanised Battalion Group SAM-7 Anti-Aircraft team. An 82mm enemy mortar bomb landed and exploded next to his Ratel IFV just as he was exiting the vehicle to engage Angolan Air Force MiG aircraft with a SAM-7 missile, killing him instantly. He was 19.

25 Feb 1988. 73340051BT Lance Corporal Leon Francis van Wyk from Regiment Molopo was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola when his Olifant Tank was knocked out by a Soviet 130mm field gun. He was 30


1978 – Dip Supp Musa Ndlovu, ADF Intaf, Murdered.

1979 – FR Robert Griffiths (aged 26), PATU BSAP, KIA from wounds received in action in the Salisbury Province area.

1980 – Cpl Cletos Choto, 2nd Bn RAR, DOAS from asphyxiation. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • February 25, 2019
  • Piet Fourie
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