SAMHS sergeant dies in hot extraction demonstration


A 35-year-old SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) sergeant died after falling from a helicopter during a hot extraction demonstration at the weekend.

“Sergeant Goodwill Kabelo Moagi accidentally fell from an Oryx helicopter during a hot extraction demonstration as part of a Special Forces celebration/open day in Phalaborwa on Saturday (September 29),” SA National Defence Force (SANDF) corporate communications director, Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said.

He was a member of 7 Medical Battalion.
“He was the team leader when the incident happened. Further details as regards the funeral and memorial service will be communicated in due course.
“The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube and the Chief of the SANDF General Solly Shoke express their heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones, colleagues and friends of the late Sergeant Moagi,” Mgobozi said.

The Special Forces open day was to showcase the force’s capabilities and equipment, and also gave defence companies a chance to promote their equipment. Exhibitors included DCD Protected Mobility, which brought its Springbuck SD armoured personnel carrier, and SVI, which brought its new Max3 light armoured vehicle.