Wall of Shame
WALL OF SHAME
The individuals listed on this forum are those who have falsely claimed to be
qualified South African Special Forces Operators,
or who have falsely claimed to have served in / with / detached to Special Forces.
Individuals who publicly make unsubstantiated false and defamatory statements regarding Special Forces,
and who present these unsubstantiated false and defamatory statements as fact, will also be listed on this forum.
These individuals are to be found in all walks of life,
from the Board room to the Bar room, in civilian, military and law-enforcement circles,
in academic and research environments, in virtually all or any occupations.
They share no common denominator other than dishonesty.
Such individuals steal the honour of the real Operators, and they dishonour the name of Special Forces.
They are a disgrace to themselves and their country.
They prey upon the good intentions of people by falsely and dishonestly
trying to solicit attention, sympathy, unearned respect or some other aspect of personal gain.
All names placed on this site will remain here as a record of persons who have falsely claimed Qualified Operator
status, or who have publicly made unsubstantiated false and defamatory statements regarding
Special Forces and presented these as fact.
Once a written apology is received from a person annotated on these pages, we will amend the
relevant entry accordingly. Removal of names will be subject to approval by our National Committee.
If, after having his or her name removed from this page,
an individual is thereafter found to make the same or similar claims or statements again,
the individual's name will be re-published on this Wall of Shame,
and will never be removed.
| WITHOUT PREJUDICE |
In media reports we often see that a person, who is being reported on, is referred to as having been "an ex-recce" or "a former recce" with
some rank assigned to him. These individuals usually do not control the content of media reports, but in cases where they are
not qualified SA Special Forces Operators or proven former members of SA Special Forces Units, we will name them here.
Claims made on
radio and in a book, the Last Rhino
Mr JP Fourie appeared on a local SA radio station as "ex-Special
Forces" during an interview on the Purple Rhino Project. In a book, the
Rhino, written by Lawrence Anthony, about another rhino project, JP Fourie is
referred to as an "ex-Special Forces operative",
"an officer in South Africa's
crack recce battalion", "a senior officer in South Africa's top Special Forces
The SA Special
Forces and the SA Special Forces League have no ties with JP Fourie.
He worked in
the Personnel department at 7 Medical Battalion Group in 1991-1992.
He has never earned
the qualification and the right to be called a SA Special Forces operator. The
SA Special Forces League
strongly dissociates itself from JP Fourie and strongly
disapproves of the various claims made in the media mentioned.
Adriaan van Wyk
From Pretoria, South Africa
Mr van Wyk was recently found guilty of treason in the well publicized "Boeremag" treason trial and is reported in the media
to be "a former recce" and major in the Wonderboom Commando.
van Wyk was never at any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special
Forces member, in the South African army -
highly trained or otherwise - and
is not and has never been associated with Special Forces Operators. The SA
Special Forces League
strongly dissociates itself from Mr van Wyk and all media reports claiming him to be "a former recce".
Mr Jacobus Venter
From East London He was
sentenced to prison in the Grahamstown High Court for murder. During
his trial he falsely claimed
in the High Court to have been 'a Recce', and as a result it was reported
in the Eastern Province press that 'a Recce had been sentenced to prison for murder'.
Venter was never at any time a Special Forces Operator in the South
African army, and is not and
has never been associated with Special
Mr Johannes Hendrik Reynecke
Mr Reynecke alleges in a document that contains
background information on himself,
that he was a Permanent Force member of the
"retired with the rank of Lt Col as the
Unit Commander of 1 Reconnaissance Regiment in
was never at any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special Forces
member, in the
South African army - highly trained or otherwise -and is not one and has never been associated with
Special Forces Operators. The SA Special Forces League strongly dissociates
itself from Mr Reynecke and his blatant lie of being a SA Special
Forces Unit Commander.
Mr Artur Dalmeida
From Pretoria, South
Mr Dalmeida posts pictures on his Facebook
profile to create the impression that he is a qualified operator of the SA
This includes the operator's proficiency badge (laurel wreath and
dagger) and then he has the audacity to openly claim
he was in Special Forces in
1988. To this he adds that the qualified operator asking
him about his posting, was not! He also
to falsely tag himself in special forces operational photo's taken from web sites and books.
He also claims to be a very secret member of Koevoet
and 32 Batallion!.
Mr Dalmeida was never at any time
a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special Forces member, in the South African
army - highly trained
otherwise -and is not one and has never been associated with Special Forces
Operators. The SA Special Forces League
strongly dissociates itself from
Mr Dalmeida, who appears to be a police reservist, judging from information on his
Poses on Facebook
in an AWB type of uniform, wearing a SA Special Forces beret
Mr Johan Spies is a member of the AWB, a local resistance movement
organization, in the Western Cape. He appears in pictures on his Facebook page
in AWB uniform, wearing a Special Forces beret with just a compass rose. This
creates the impression that he was a member of the SA Special Forces and that
the SA Special Forces is somehow associated with him and the AWB resistance
The SA Special
Forces and the SA Special Forces League have no ties with Johan Spies. He has
never earned the
qualification and the right to be called a SA Special Forces
operator. The SA Special Forces League strongly
dissociates itself from Johan
Spies and strongly disapproves of the impression that he is trying to create by
illegally wearing a SA Special Forces beret with an AWB type of uniform. The SA Special
Forces and the
SA Special Forces League have no ties with the AWB or any other SA
resistance or anti-government group or political party.
The Sotis Group and Tom Sotis
Claims made via several web sites
Sotis Group and Tom Sotis make claims via several web sites that they have
trained, and are thus involved with, SA Special Forces or the SA Special Forces
League. Through his AMOK! Group claims of revolutionary activities are made,
possibly implicating the SA Special Forces.
The SA Special Forces and the SA Special Forces League have no ties
with The Sotis Group, Tom Sotis or members of his organizations.
The SA Special
Forces League strongly dissociates itself from The Sotis Group, Tom Sotis or
members of his organizations and strongly disapproves of the various claims
made via his web sites.
Note : October 2012 : We received an e-mail from Mr Sotis about the above.An answer is being prepared and will be posted here in due course.
E-mail response to a letter from Mr Sotis posted here : Wall of Shame Responses
From Boulder, Colorado,
Mr Schutte claims to be "an elite South African
Special Forces soldier" on his web site www.reonschutte.com and that he was "commandeered to
the *Special Forces Unit*". In addition to this, Mr Schutte also brandishes documents with a
self made unit flash containing
a Fairbairn Sykes dagger at the top and an operators badge to the top left of the unit
Schutte was never at any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special
Forces member, in the South African army - highly
trained or otherwise -and
is not and has never been associated with Special Forces Operators. The SA
Special Forces League
strongly dissociates itself from Mr Schutte and strongly disapproves of his blatant
misuse of our insignia.
Note : October 2012 : We were advised that some communication took place between concerned people and supporters of Mr Schutte that resulted in changes to some of the wording on his web site. Mr Schutte has not communicated with us directly at all.
Sameul "Sammy" Brett
From Blompark, Gansbaai (near
Hermanus), Western Cape, South Africa
Mr Brett claims
that he - as a self proclaimed perlemoen poacher - is able to outwit the police
and evade arrest and
prosecution because he uses his skills from when he was a Recce.
He claims to have been an operator in
He tells anyone who will listen
and boasts of his time with the Recce's and how the training has made him such a
clandestine perlemoen poacher.
He also claims to be trained in night operations, anti tracking etc
Mr Bret was never at any time a Special
Forces Operator, or even a Special Forces member, in the South African army -
or otherwise -and is not and has never been associated
with Special Forces Operators. The SA Special Forces League strongly dissociates
itself from Mr Brett, who only did national service training at the Cape Coloured Corps and was a
Mr Petrus Hendrik Swart
From Harrismith, Orange Free State, South
Africa(added July 2012)
Mr Swart tells that he was apparently in the SA Special Forces in the '90's, where he received
training under Wouter Basson and Eugene de Kok,
He was sent on a mission
into Africa somewhere and his team was killed and he was left for dead but
managed to fight his way back to South Africa where, upon his return,
Wouter Basson wept.
His files have been "taken care of", if the TRC were
to find them he would be sentenced for life!
He has done special ops work
in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan numerous other African countries as well as South
Swart was never at any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a
Forces member, in the South African army - highly trained
or otherwise -
not and has never been associated with Special Forces Operators. The SA
Special Forces League strongly dissociates itself from Mr Swart and his blatant lies.
Note : November 2013 : We received an e-mail from Mr Swart about the above
and he send a letter of apology that is published here : Wall of Shame Responses 2
Mr Abdul Rhemaan Vorgers
From Despatch, Port Elizabeth, South
Africa(added July 2012)
Mr Vorgers states in his CV that he is a "Reconnaissance Operator", did "Advance Special Tactics'
at the "Parachute Squandron" (sic) and worked at 2nd Reconnersins unit CPT (sic).
In addition to this he includes several falsified certificates from "5th Reconersins, Phalaborwa, Limpopo" (sic) with his CV.
The elementary spelling mistakes in his CV leave a lot to be desired.
Vorgers was never at any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a
Forces member, in the South African army - highly trained or otherwise -
not and has never been associated with Special Forces Operators. The SA
Special Forces League strongly dissociates itself from Mr Vorgers and his blatant lies and falsification of documents.
Note : October 2012 : We received the following written apology from Mr Vorgers:>>> <e-mail address kept confidential> August 16,
2012 13:57 >>>
My name is Abdul Vorgers. I see my name is on the
Shame list. I don't no who to right this to for someone to understand. I made
this up to get better work. To provide for my family. I won't lie I always
wanted to train in the special forces. I am so sure I would of made it. I do
apologies for in salting you all please find a way to look over this and
understand why did this. I no its a shame to you guys and I am sorry. I always
wanted to go to the army I sighed up so many times but no come backs yes or no.
Please except my apologies. Kind regards Abdul Vorgers
Sent from my
BlackBerry® wireless device
From Wellington, Palm Beach County,
Florida, USA(added April 2012)Mr
Theron has a web page where he makes numerous bogus claims such as the
served as officer in the South African military for 8 years in multiple military
7 SA Infantry and Green Berets as well as Military
Intelligence. He was also stationed in VTH and "Liberty Life".
duties included the Rhodesian (Zimbabwe) War, South West Africa Namibia/Angola
Mozambique Border Control War, as well as Urban Combat and Riot Control in
locations such as Soweto,
Alexandria, Sharpeville and Johannesburg South Africa.
Some SADF battalions and
regiments that he fought and served with included 7 SAI South African Infantry,
Green Berets Spec Forces, Military Intelligence, 32 Buffalo Battalion, 1 RECCE
Regiment, 61 Mechanized Battalion or
61 Mech Unit and Koevoet, a South African
and South West Africa paramilitary unit.
Some of our enemy
combatants were ANC, Cosatu, SACP, Umkhonto we Sizwe, MPLA. Soviet Union, KGB,
Cuban Mercenaries, Frelimo, PAC, SWAPO, FAPLA, UDF and South African Communist
Party. Some extreme military
combat operations included Operation Protea,
Operation Askari and Operation Modular in Angola.
Mr Theron was never at any time
a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special Forces member, in the
army - highly trained or otherwise - and is not and has never been associated
with Special Forces Operators.
Special Forces League strongly dissociates itself from Mr Theron.
He even did some of the above whilst
he was still at school!
Note : Mr Theron has since changed
some of the wording on his web site, opting to slander South Africa and Special
in particular, showing his lack of class and lack of quality of the soldier he
claims to be.
Mr Gerrie Cronje
From the 'Shepherds Bush Bible Kibbutz' - wherever that may be Mr
Cronje gave an interview to the newspaper 'Die Burger', in which he
made false and bogus claims that he had been a
Special Forces Operator,
and conducted unsavoury activities while being a Special Forces
The article in question gave the following introduction to Mr
'In the 1980's he was a
member of the Special Forces; the recces who got their hands full of
blood on the Angolan
border in the so-called Bush War'.
Mr Cronje then went on to state that:-
' There I killed many people, sometimes just for fun'.
The newspaper then goes on to report that when carrying out these activities he used to reportedly:-
'blindfold and execute 'the enemy'.
Cronje was never at any time a Special Forces Operator in the South
African Army. He is a liar, and he brings the
name of our Operators and
the South African Special Forces into disrepute with his ludicrous and
He dishonours our many colleagues who were killed in
action, as well as their families.
Mr Trevor Nel
From East London
Nel has had interactions with the South African Police Services in
respect of several alleged transgressions and
transgressions of the
law. In several newspaper articles following his most recent arrest, he
was reported to be
'a highly trained member of the army's Special Forces'
This was apparently as a result of statements which he made to the
police which indicated same.
Mr Nel was never at any time a Special
Forces Operator in the South African army - highly trained or otherwise
- and is
not and has never been associated with Special Forces
Mr Hermanus Phillipus Herbst
From Namibia Murdered
2 people in Namibia, and then falsely claimed (as part of his attempted
Diminished Responsibility Defence) in the Namibian Supreme Court in
Windhoek to be 'a Recce suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, whose files had been destroyed by Special Forces'.
This defence was supported by his Psychologist. An expert witness
discredited him by producing his real military records, which showed
that he had been a National Service infantryman in Potchefstroom. He
then dropped his claim of having been 'a Recce', but still maintained
that he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - this time from an 'Unhappy
Childhood'. This change in cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was
again supported by his Psychologist.
Information received recently indicated that Mr Herbst subsequently expired in jail due to heart failure. (July 2012)
Mr Bryan Bennets
From Phoenix, Arizona, USA Mr
Bennets enjoys the rare distinction of being on both our Wall of Shame,
and the Hall of Shame of VeriSeal, (a US Navy SEALs veterans
authentication organisation) at the same time. Whenever
Mr Bennets takes a break from falsely claiming to have been a US Navy
SEAL, he then makes false claims of having been 'in the South African Commandos' to people in the United States, whereas he has never been remotely associated with us. Mr Dave de Wet
Location in South Africa unknown (for now) This individual saw fit to provide the Magazine 'FHM' with a series of columns, entitled:- 'Dave de Wet's Sex Challenge - Ex-reccie sharpshooter gives his top shagging tips'.
only has Mr de Wet never been a Special Forces Operator, (Recce), he
has picked a particularly vulgar and distasteful manner in which to
publicly sully the name of our Special Forces, and the memory of our
many members and Operators who have paid the Supreme Sacrifice - not to
mention the effect that such a demeaning series of articles has on the
families and children of our fallen colleagues. We
very, very strongly suggest to Mr de Wet that he send through a written
apology to us extremely rapidly, and that he just as rapidly makes
arrangements for a corrective article to appear in the magazine. Mr Rudolf Barnard
From Pretoria Mr
Barnard recently provided the magazines 'Huisgenoot' and 'You' with an
interview, wherein he related how he had - while temporarily living in
the USA - only survived his traumatic experiences at the hands of
American Women due to his 'training as a Recce'. Other
than the fact that Mr Barnard has - of course - never been remotely
associated with the South African Special Forces, he has now seen fit
to associate our name with this very strange complaint. As
Mr Barnard was never a member of our Special Forces - let alone an
Operator - and as we are not (as Mr Barnard appears to possibly be) the
type of people who would run and complain to Mommy if little girls
pulled our hair on the playground at school, we expect Mr Barnard to
send through a written apology for his dishonest statements about his
association with our Special Forces.
Mr Graham Murgatroyd
Currently resident in Tasmania, Australia
loser scores a full house of 'Super-Recce stories'. Amongst other
hair-raising and bloodthirsty exploits, he took part in such heavy and
covert operations that 'all his files were destoyed' when he left the
Recces, and were 'replaced with false documents which recorded him as
an Army Postal Clerk'. Well - at least we now know what he really did
in the army. This hero has also (in his dreams) been on so many covert
operations in Angola, that he now suffers from (you guessed it) Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. He relates having being shot through the
thigh in an horrific contact, but refuses to show anyone his scar. Of
course, his story would not be complete without the obligatory
torturing and executing of prisoners - which he apparently did
en-masse. He also relates how he was tasked (as a sniper) to shadow and
prepare to assassinate former President Mandela. What a disgrace to
South Africa this loser is. We hope that the Australian police will
interview him in respect of these stories, and hopefully deport him so
that he is not able to embarrass our country there anymore with his
unacceptable behaviour and ludicrous stories.
Mr Arno Barnard
Currently Residing in Westdene, Bloemfontein
(Updated July 2012)
Barnard is a very well trained and highly specialized 'Operator' who
has served in both “5 Recce” and “44 MOF Squad” – according to his CV. This
individual was kind enough to re-name half the courses presented by the
SA Special Forces Brigade, and went further to also invent a number –
“Mine Operator” & “Small Arms Warfare Close Combat Assault” to name
but two…. Not only did Mr. Barnard have the gal to type-up this CV, he went further to distribute it to Iraq, where he was going to “operate” as a sniper on the road between Baghdad and Falluhja. He
was lucky enough to have received a personal letter from the Honorable
Minister Terror Lekota giving him “full permission” to work in Iraq. This
free-fall, diver and “combat” specialist got married wearing camouflage
fatigues…. this just after he has returned from Fort Brag USA where he completed a “Navy Seal” course. Oh yes – his personal files at Defense Head Quarters “stopped to exist” early in 1993. Say no more, shame.
Recent reports received (July 2012) has Mr Barnard still bragging to all and sundry about his "recce exploits", now brandishing his 9mm pistol in the process. After running up a huge bill at a hotel in Norval's Point recently, he absconded without settling his bill. Very unlike an honourable soldier!
The South African Special Forces League has received written
communications regarding the following persons who have reportedly
falsely claimed to have been Special Forces Operators / 'Recces' -
which they have never been:-
Mr Robert Guy Ruggier
Mr Godfrey Sterley
Mr Wynand Myburgh
Mr Michael Pearce
Mr George Du Plessis
Mr Alex Gillan
Mr CJ van der Merwe
Mr Gavin Mcguinness
Mr Ben Beukes
Mr Jonathon Swindon
From Johannesburg Mr Matthys Johannes De Beer
Mr Maarten W den Heyer
From Rhodes Mr Johan Stevens
From Mossel Bay Mr Brett Watson
From Randburg Mr Willem Staphorst
From Pretoria Mr Louw Wepener
From Pretoria Mr Norman Starkey
From Pretoria Mr Herman Lotriet
From Brackenfell Mr Charles J. Truter
From Johannesburg Mr Daniel Struwig
From Pretoria Mr Nicolaas Kirsten
From Orania Mr Pieter Jooste
From Klerksdorp Mr Deon Conradie
Currently resident in Lagos, Nigeria (2013)
Mr Nick DuBois
From Pretoria Mr George Botha
From Pretoria Mr Tom Saunders
From Broederstroom Mr Frank Blignaut
From Randfontein Mr Russell Johnny Schwartz
From Johannesburg Mr David Varcoe
From Johannesburg Mr Herman Pretorius
From Pretoria Wilhelm Jacobus Heyneke
Works on game farms assisting hunters 'Mitch' Albertze
Address unknown Johan Claassen
From Johannesburg Works at the Saxon Hotel
soon as these persons contact us in writing to clarify this matter, we
will publish the correction with their respective entries.
RUMOUR HAS IT...
We do get a lot of reports reports of wannabe's boasting about their dreamed of special forces/recce achievements.
Below are some of those that we are investigating or awaiting more information on.
Time to apologize if you want your name removed...