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,
never to be removed.

The SA Special Forces and the SA Special Forces Association have no ties
with the individuals listed below.
They never earned the qualification
and the right to be called a SA Special Forces operator.
The SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from them and
strongly disapproves of their claims and actions.

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The page below is a summary page with the names of individuals. Details of why they are listed can be found here

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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.

JP Fourie
Claims made on radio and in a book, the Last Rhino
(added January 2013)
Details here

Mr Adriaan van Wyk

From Pretoria, South Africa
(added August 2012)

Details here

Mr Jacobus Venter
From East London
Details here



Mr Frank van der Merwe
From Cape Town, South Africa

(added June 2014)

Details here

Mr Mike Worth
From Johannesburg, South Africa

(added May 2014)

Details here

Mr Johannes Hendrik Reynecke

From Harare, Zimbabwe
(added December 2013)
Details here

Mr Artur Dalmeida
From Pretoria, South Africa
(added December 2013)
Details here

Johan Spies

Poses on Facebook in an AWB type of uniform, wearing a SA Special Forces beret

(added August 2013)

Details here

The Sotis Group and Tom Sotis
Claims made via several web sites
(added September 2012)
Details here
Mr Reon Schutte
From Boulder, Colorado, USA
(added July 2012)
Details here

Mr Sameul "Sammy" Brett
From Blompark, Gansbaai (near Hermanus), Western Cape, South Africa
(added July 2012)
Details here

Mr Petrus Hendrik Swart
From Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa
(added July 2012)
Details here

Mr Abdul Rhemaan Vorgers
From Despatch, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
(added July 2012)
Details here

Mr Cornelius Theron
From Wellington, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
(added April 2012)
Details here

Mr Gerrie Cronje
From the 'Shepherds Bush Bible Kibbutz' - wherever that may be
Details here

Mr Trevor Nel
From East London
Details here

 Mr Hermanus Phillipus Herbst
From Namibia
Details here

Mr Bryan Bennets
From Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Details here

Mr Dave de Wet
Location in South Africa, unknown (for now)
Details here

Mr Rudolf Barnard
From Pretoria
Details here

Mr Graham Murgatroyd
Currently resident in Tasmania, Australia

Details here

Mr Arno Barnard

Currently Residing in Westdene, Bloemfontein

(Updated July 2012)

Details here


The South African Special Forces Association 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 Pieter Johannes Potgieter
From Makwassie, North West Province, South Africa
Details here

Mr Gustav Thalwitzer
Facebook warrior, Rangoria, New Zealand
Details here

Mr Roi Strong Sibambo
Facebook warrior, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Details here

Mr Theo Smit
From Amersfoort, South Africa
Details here

Mr Robert Guy Ruggier
From Durban

Mr Godfrey Sterley
From Johannesburg

Mr Michael Pearce
From Johannesburg

Mr George Du Plessis
From Heidelburg

Mr Alex Gillan
From Pretoria

Mr CJ van der Merwe
From Durban

Mr Gavin Mcguinness
From Johannesburg

Mr Ben Beukes
From Middelburg

Mr Jonathon Swindon
From Johannesburg
Mr Matthys Johannes De Beer
From Middelburg
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
Address unknown
Works on game farms assisting hunters
'Mitch' Albertze
From Richards Bay
Johan Claassen
From Johannesburg
Works at the Saxon Hotel

As soon as these persons contact us in writing to clarify this matter, we will publish the correction with their respective entries.

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 from the rumour list...