SA Army Mourns Loss of 6 Soldiers in Northern Cape Veldfire

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On Friday, October 6, 2023, a devastating veldfire broke out at the South African Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) in the Northern Cape Province. Tragically, this indiscriminate fire claimed the lives of six brave soldiers from the South African Army, leaving the nation in mourning.

Among the fallen warriors were Staff Sergeants Abraham Desember Morajane and Sipho Berrington Cele, Corporal Sithembiso Wiseman Ndwalane and Noxolo Faith Ngubane, as well as Lance Corporals Prince Michael Mthethwa and Londiwe Purity Zulu.

The army says these soldiers will be forever remembered for their fearlessness, sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to their military careers.

“During the incident, three soldiers sustained second-degree burns, while others suffered minor injuries. The surviving soldiers are currently receiving medical treatment and are expected to make a full recovery. Their bravery and resilience in the face of such a catastrophic event are commendable.”

The news of this tragic incident has deeply saddened the South African Military fraternity, with the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms. Thandi Modise, and Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla expressing their heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, colleagues, and loved ones of the deceased.

Additionally, Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Rudzani Maphwanya, Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Lawrence Khulekani Mbatha, and Acting Secretary for Defence, Dr. Thobile Gamede, also extend their deepest sympathies.

The South African Army, along with the entire nation, mourns the loss of these brave soldiers, recognizing their immense contributions and unwavering commitment to serving and protecting their country.

As the investigation into the cause of the veldfire continues, the South African Army says it is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its soldiers.  “Measures will be taken to prevent such incidents from reoccurring, and lessons will be learned from this tragedy.”

 

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