SANDF parabat killed in freak accident

2012-09-02 15:46

Johannesburg - A member of the SA National Defence Force was killed in a parachute accident in Bloemfontein, the SANDF said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the accident occurred on Friday during routine training.

"The member jumped and landed safely, but was whisked by strong wind before he could release himself from the parachute after landing," said Dlamini.

"He bumped around for a hundred metres. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital."

The SANDF had not released the soldier's name as his next of kin had yet to be informed.

The minister of defence and military veterans, Chief of the SANDF and Chief of the SA Army extended their sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased, Dlamini said.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-02 16:05

    These guys are always killed in freak accidents. Freak accidents 30 SANDF 0

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-09-02 17:23

      @ Claudia - you underestimate the SANDF , their deadliest weapon is their HIV status.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-03 07:16

      Difference between the SADF and a circus? The SADF has many more tents!

      morne.s.smit.5 - 2012-09-03 10:26

      SADF does not exist anymore!

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-09-02 16:08


      lesanreid - 2012-09-02 17:02

      Stick to playing your harp.I can see that you know nothing about being a Paratropper.

      alwyn.schlebusch.5 - 2012-09-03 04:48

      @denise.viljoen.16 I used to be a Parabat back in 1988/1989. Why is it you want to know more about the Bats? They used to be one of the 5 best trained soldiers in the World, but sadly, since compulsory service disappeared, so has that status too. More than that, you don;t need to know!

  • SharonE - 2012-09-02 16:31

    I thought reaching the gound safely was the dangerous part.

  • xolani.notshe - 2012-09-02 16:45

    I lower my head in honour of this member of the SA National Defence Force. I will forever honour (true) soldiers. "Those that I fight I do not hate, / Those that I guard I do not love"

      okonkwo7 - 2012-09-02 18:32

      Nice one! An Irishman foresees his death

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-09-02 16:46

    Very sad for the family. Maybe ab ambitious lawyer will take the government to the cleaners......effective training and effective pre jump assessment and this gut woud have released his harness immediately he was aware of trouble. And more to the point all of the jumpers should have been briefed on the weather risk and reminded of emergency procedures before they exited. Bloody incompetents playing with people's lives.

      thomas.serithi.3 - 2012-09-02 21:44

      wena u dont talk as if u wer around u know nothing, u saw nothing.u wer nt der de guy was so helples even the wind blown very sudden the weather was cool nd clear b4 we went 2 jst hepend bro!

  • mikeangell61 - 2012-09-02 17:15

    Brilliant training??????Is that not part of the training?

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-02 17:32

    Ex Alto Vincimus - We Conquer from Above RIP Junior, once a Bat always a Bat

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-09-02 17:53

      Joe Farmer, Thanks for a positive comment. May The ParaBat Rest In peace. He died in training to serve his country.

  • jack.damon - 2012-09-02 17:41

    Please show some respect,if you think the SANDF is a joke you are entitled to your opinion,but as long as I can remember 44 parachute training school is one of the best training school/regiment in the world. I went through training and selection and only the best will past.RIP Ex Alto Vincimus!

      leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-09-02 19:00

      Ja the 44bn corporal who picked up a heatstrim (rifle grenade) and chucked in in the bin of his buffel....blew of half his head (not dead) and ripped the left shoulder off his loot (the chaplain - also not dead)....happened back in '82 - fantastic training indeed.

      clint.jonker.1 - 2012-09-02 19:32

      sory jack..iv been in the sandf and saps, and if you think thi of the bats, then think agaimn. standards dropped so that the numbers/colour and gender can make it....and did i say i put lots of other guys targets behind mine and shot their qualifying on s/range before.pathetic.its not his fault hes its its..its...ok it is his fault. child bearing hips are not meant for heavy loads..full kit and extras. if a women can do chin ups, and run the quallfying time, then she wont be strong enough, and visa versa.and to that idiot calling bats paratrooper....f it pal, this is sa, not the usa or some game on play station youre playing.. working in the middle east, these so called quality chaps would be dead in the 1st month.those who have died, it was there time. MORE THAN 80% OF THE OLD EP COMMAND IS HIV INFECTED..WONDERBOOM IS MORE THAN 70%, AND I SPARE YOU THE DETAILS WHY..OR WHICH COLOUR. OUR INFANTRY HAD ONLY 2SAI AND 7 SAI UNITS HIV NEG TO DEPLOY IN 2003-04 TO DRC, ITS MADNESS.CORPORALS PROMOTED TO MAJ!!!NO STUDIES TO BACK THAT DECISION.. SIGNALS FOR PROMOTION BEING CANCELLED BECAUSE THAT RACIST GEN NYANDA(WHO CANT EVEN F SAY HELLO ON A GOLF COURSE) WHO SAYS TO MANY WHITES ARE PROMOTED, SO THE BLACKS SHOULD GET PROMOTED 1ST..I WAS TOLD IN 2002-2005, IM TOO WHITE TO BE SELECTED FOR officers jack, im sure you guys were awesome(de costa,j scott, and more)ft5 rocket launcher isnt even shot, we cant afford for our intakes to shoot pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jack.damon - 2012-09-02 19:38

      Leon I am refering to parachute training,not basic training.All paratroopers know the risk of being a is difficult to explain the brotherhood if you were not one.I don't know the soldier that died but he was part of the Airborne family.

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-09-02 17:54

    This is sad when a tragedy happens and heartless people find it good to ride their political opinions on another's death. My condolances to the family and loved ones of this soldier. Paratroopers have a high risk job and casualties happen. Please respect the dead.

  • pws69 - 2012-09-02 18:19

    Hectic. That must have been some gust of wind. Condolences to the family and thanks to the soldier for serving his/her country with the ultimate sacrifice.

  • dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-09-02 18:46

    Damn, this is sad. I stay in Bloem

  • pieter.thirion - 2012-09-02 19:41

    To those of you badmouthing the defence force, its easy for you to sit in your mini fortress and talk smack, but if you really wanted to make a difference you would have joined but then again you probably dont even have the guts to go to shoprite after dark hecause you are so scared. Show some respect, this man was willing to put his life on the line to keep you safe, while the only contribution you make to society is paying VAT and you even complain about that... You dont know what happened and those of you that say the training sucks dont even know what that training encompasses so stop talking nonsense of things you know nothing about. \r\n\r\n#criticallyhonest , never, ever, ever, call an SANDF parachute dispatcer or instructor incompetent....... I know them personally, rather keep yor halucinations to yourself....

      jack.damon - 2012-09-02 19:50

      Amen to that Pieter!!! It is probably all the wannabee's who leave this negative comments!

      lesanreid - 2012-09-02 21:28

      Agree with you Pieter.To all the A-holes out there,who pass negitive comments about The Paratroopers,you know who you are,so I will not mention you by name- go and screw yourself. RIP -MY BROTHER, for we have shared blood. AIRBORNE is the only way.

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-09-02 22:15

      Wannabees?! YOU are wannabees. The REAL soldiers are walking amongst you. All 500 000 of them.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-03 08:43

      @pieter.........been there, done that for 14 years, got the t-shirt, was part of the old SADF and part of the transition over to the new SANDF. I tried for all those years, loved my job, but take it from me, today's SANDF is a circus, i speak from experience. I badmouth the SANDF because I can, knowing what a disciplined effective and professional organization it was, and what a disgusting ineffective sick organization it has become. It is nothing more than another welfare organization. Go look at what happened during the Lesotho incident. LESOTHO my friend, LESOTHO!!! The SANDF got humiliated by the smallest 3rd world country on the planet, and the so called brilliant parabats got pinned and shot to pieces. SANDF is a joke and humiliation for SA.

      dave.kofang - 2012-09-03 13:24

      @bomb technician as you see that paratroopers are incompetent why dont you just try them with your boeremag and see what will happen.Theres no medication for stupidity.You are on your own.

      alwyn.schlebusch.5 - 2012-09-04 05:48

      @pieter and dave.kofang I've been a Parabat (under the compulsory millitary training system) in 1988 and 1989. Definitely not a "wannabee" but definitely a "have been". bomb.technician.5 is abolsutley right. We lost more Parabats in the Lesotho incident than in 16 years in Angola. What does that say to you in temr of the standard of training? The Parabats used to be one of the 5 best trained millitary units in the world. Now, you are just guys jumping out of a plane - anybody can do that mate, anybody! You don't deserve that jump jacket anymore - the glamour has gone.

      Adonest Mlula Ngobeni - 2013-02-23 18:34

      Mr Pieter people will always have their say and it will either be positive or negetive without considering what might have influenced the occasion. Whether we critisize constructively we won't reverse the situation.

  • thomas.serithi.3 - 2012-09-02 21:20

    i m also part of the training dat took my fellow comrade, m stil shocked of dis tragidy. It hapened so fast.most of us are having injuries in our bodies. The wind was so strong it even pooled a cargo bag with sandbags in it .it was having the weight of /- puled it like a piece of paper blown by a fan.we are still shocked and scared.

  • mogale.mahlase - 2012-09-03 07:22

    The Nation has lost. May his soul rest in peace.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-09-03 07:53

    They can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag .glorified infintary .vleis bom .

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-03 09:32

      At least give them credit: they overpowered your Boeremampara leiers and thwarted their stupid “Operasie Popeye.” Now I feel very safe from rightwing stupidity

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-03 09:32

      At least give them credit: they overpowered your Boeremampara leiers and thwarted their stupid “Operasie Popeye.” Now I feel very safe from rightwing stupidity :)

  • alan.lockwood.35 - 2012-09-03 08:13

    Yes there are many problems, but for its SIZE and FUNDING it is one of the best in the world. Freak Accidents can happen.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-03 08:45 have no idea what you are talking about.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2012-09-03 08:40

    Parachute jump training should not happen when the weather forecast indicates high probability of strong wind. This happened recently where a few paratroopers were injured. The lesson should be learned. Even at Cassinga, which was an operational jump, a light wind came up and caused absolute havoc with the insertion, probably causing the death of one paratrooper due to drowning and causing a two hour delay in the operation itself. The delay then nearly caused a catastrophe for 400 paratroopers and helicopter crews. The lessons should be learned.

  • dave.bax.56 - 2012-09-03 14:05

    To the the family of the para who died, my respects. To his friends and fellow soldiers I honor you. I served in the old SADF ( in Angola) and have worked in every hot spot for 20+ years and currently work in Somalia. I know competence and lack of it. To those with negative comments about another soldiers death you disrespect him and dishonor yourselves and the uniform you wore.

      alwyn.schlebusch.5 - 2012-09-04 05:53

      Do agree somewhat with you dave. I've also served in the OLD SADF as a Parabat. We're not dishonouring the uniforms we "wore". We're dishonouring the uniforms they are wearing today, because it is worthless.

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