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Missing SA soldierÔÇÖs body found

Mon, 4 November 2013 00:49
by Online Reporter
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The body of one of the missing South African Special Forces officer has washed up ashore in Walvis Bay.

Namibia Police chief inspector Erastus Likiyu today confirmed the body of one of the two South African soldiers who went missing during a SADC war games tour of duty in Walvis Bay has been found.

“The police are on the scene and we are waiting for the family to confirm the identification before we reveal any names,” he said.

Coincidentally, the families of the two soldiers arrived in Namibia on Friday for customary rituals and were accompanied by South African Special Forces Commander Brigadier General Rudzani Maphwanya and Lieutenant Colonel Angela-Lee Human.

They had requested to be taken to a place between Pelican Bay and Sandwich Harbour where the two disappeared after their boat capsized.

The soldiers were part of an 800 strong special forces 35 day SADC desert warfare exercise called Welwitchia which took place in the Namib Desert.

One Malawian soldier died and the South Africans had not been declared dead but missing in action after their boat capsized in an accident in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, in other latest developments, the late Swapo Party Elders’ Council Secretary and liberation stalwart Colonel Fredrick Matongo will be buried at the National Heroes Acre later this week.

Matongo died at Rhino Park on Friday and has since been declared a national hero.