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The individuals listed on this forum are those who have intentionally and falsely claimed to be qualified South African Special Forces Operators, or who have falsely claimed to have served in/with/ detached to Special Forces. 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. They never earned the qualification and the right to be called a SA Special Forces operator.

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. The SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from them and strongly disapproves of their claims and actions.


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.
In many, but not all, these individuals do not control the content of media reports.
In the cases listed below the people themselves claimed to be qualified SA Special Forces Operators .
The SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from them.

Mr Danie Small From Pretoria, South Africa (added October 2016)
Mr Adriaan van Wyk From Pretoria, South Africa (added August 2012)
Mr Jacobus Venter From East London


With the advent of social media there are a lot of wannabes that suddenly have a new outlet and perceived audience where they think they may now trumpet their many “heroic achievements” for all and sundry to see.
The SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from them.

Mr Johannes van Schalkwyk From South Africa (added Sep 2017)
Mr Mark Lynch From Cape Town, South Africa (added July 2016)
Mr Gaston Bonifazi From Cape Town, South Africa (added May 2016)
Mr Jaco van der Sandt From Pretoria, South Africa (added August 2015)
Mr Gustav Thalwitzer Facebook warrior, Rangoria, New Zealand (added November 2014)
Mr Roi Strong Sibambo Facebook warrior, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa (added August 2014)
Mr Artur Dalmeida From Pretoria, South Africa (added December 2013)
Johan Spies Poses on Facebook in an AWB type of uniform, wearing a SA Special Forces beret. (added August 2013)


Mr Hendrik Baltus Nel. Contact # +27 74 964 6818 (added October 2018)
Mr Jan Ackerman From Port Elizabeth, South Africa (added December 2016)
Mr Frank van der Merwe From Cape Town, South Africa (added June 2014)
Mr Mike Worth From Johannesburg, South Africa (added May 2014)
The Sotis Group and Tom Sotis Claims made via several web sites (added September 2012)
Mr Reon Schutte From Boulder, Colorado, USA (added July 2012)
Mr Sameul “Sammy” Brett From Blompark, Gansbaai (near Hermanus), Western Cape, South Africa (added July 2012)
Mr Petrus Hendrik Swart From Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa (added July 2012)
Mr Abdul Rhemaan Vorgers From Despatch, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (added July 2012)
Mr Cornelius Theron From Wellington, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA (added April 2012)
Mr Gerrie Cronje From the ‘Shepherds Bush Bible Kibbutz’ – wherever that may be
Mr Trevor Nel From East London
Mr Hermanus Phillipus Herbst From Namibia
Mr Bryan Bennets From Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mr Dave de Wet Location in South Africa, unknown (for now)
Mr Rudolf Barnard From Pretoria
Mr Graham Murgatroyd Currently resident in Bega NSW, Australia
Mr Arno Barnard Currently Residing in Riversdale, Cape Province
(Updated Jan 2016)
Mr. Johann Jeppe
Mr Johann Jeppe appears in a news video to market a campaign to obtain food for military veterans in Canada. In this video, he wears a leather jacket on which he displays a SA Special Forces operators badge, along with insignia of the closed down 1 Reconnaissance Regiment. He also displays a South African Recce officer’s military uniform with a second operator’s badge (they are uniquely numbered per individual and never duplicated), as well as medals that were issued for service on the Namibia/Angola border during the Bush War.

Mr Johann Jeppe was never any time a Special Forces Operator, or even a Special Forces member, in the South African army. He is not one and has never been associated with Special Forces Operators. The SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from Mr Jeppe for making a mockery of our uniform and insignia, under false pretences to mislead people in a foreign country”.

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