Henri Boshoff dies in car crash


Military analyst Henri “Bossie” Boshoff has died in a car crash. He was killed this morning, Eyewitness News, the SABC and SAPA reports. Boshoff was an expert in the field of peace missions in Africa and was frequently used as an analyst by the media and government. He also spoke at several defenceWeb events.

At the time of his death he was working for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) as head of its peace missions programme. ISS director Jakkie Cilliers said Boshoff’s expertise and influence would be sorely missed.

Cilliers said Boshoff was on his way home from a First World War memorial service when the accident occurred. “On his way home in Pretoria he hit a barrier and he was killed. It was quite a violent accident – he was apparently killed instantaneously,” Cilliers said. No other vehicles were involved.

Boshoff, who was born in Pretoria on 12 April 1957. He attended school in Pretoria after which he completed a four-year diploma in education at the University of Pretoria. After military service he taught in Pretoria until 1986, when he joined the SANDF where he was involved in the operational planning of internal and external operations. Boshoff obtained an honours degree in African politics in 1995. He left the SANDF at the end of 2001 to join the ISS as Military Analyst for the Africa Security Analysis Programme. His area of expertise was terrorism, peacekeeping, support to the police and African politics.

Boshoff leaves behind a wife, Leonie, and son Jean. He was 54.
* The editor and staff of defenceWeb are shocked and saddened at Bossie’s untimely and lamentable death. May he rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to Leonie, Jean and Bossie’s many friends and colleagues. His shoes will not quickly or easily be filled.