Three Reserves die on Op Notlela duty


Operation Notlela, the military contribution to the National State of Disaster, has claimed the lives of three Reserve Force soldiers to date.

Two were killed in incidents involving vehicles and the third died of medical causes, not necessarily coronavirus related.

The dead soldiers are Rfn MF Mngomezulu (Solomon Mahlangu Regiment), Rfn SB Mpete (Lenong Regiment) and Lance Corporal JS Booth (Umzimvubu Regiment).

“The Defence Reserves Division expresses sincere condolences to the dead soldiers’ families,” Chief, Defence Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen said.

There has been, as yet, no indication, via the Directorate: Corporate Communications of the SANDF, whether the Regular Force has recorded any fatalities since the coronavirus deployment started at the end of March. That was when just on three thousand soldiers, both regular and reserves, were put on lockdown duty. Early in April, the number put on coronavirus duty, not necessarily all deployed, was over 73 000 by SANDF Commander-in-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa.