09 October 2018 Read: 109
A member of the SANDF died during a demonstration in Phalaborwa over the weekend. The 35-year old SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) sergeant died after falling from an Oryx helicopter during a hot extraction demonstration at 5 Recce military base outside Phalaborwa. The demonstration formed part of a Special Forces Open Day celebration.
Hundreds of onlookers watched in horror as Sergeant Goodwill Kabelo Moagi, team leader of 7 Medical Battalion, fell to his death. “I was exiting the parking lot with my kids when I looked back at the helicopter and noticed something fall from the aircraft,” said Anton Kellerman, “at first I thought it may have been a medic’s bag or something. Later I was told it was one of the soldiers.”
A formal investigation has been launched to determine the sequence of events that led to the fatal incident,” said a statement from the SANDF. According to the defence force, the chief of the SANDF General Solly Shoke, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube all expressed their heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the fallen soldier.