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 an Infantry Unit as a dog handler. He was 19.

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 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. He was killed instantly when an enemy mortar bomb exploded next to his Ratel 20 just as he was exiting the vehicle to engage an Angolan Air Force MiG aircraft with a SAM-7. 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, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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