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,
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
and the right to be called a SA Special Forces operator.
SA Special Forces Association strongly dissociates itself from them and
disapproves of their claims and actions.
Video message about Bogus Operators and Wannabe'sAfrikaans version
The page below is a summary page with the names of individuals. Details of why they are listed can be found here
| 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
Adriaan van Wyk
From Pretoria, South Africa
(added August 2012)
Mr Jacobus Venter
From East London
Mr Frank van der Merwe
From Cape Town, South Africa
(added June 2014)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr Johannes Hendrik Reynecke
From Harare, Zimbabwe
Mr Artur Dalmeida
From Pretoria, South
Poses on Facebook
in an AWB type of uniform, wearing a SA Special Forces beret
The Sotis Group and Tom Sotis
Claims made via several web sites
From Boulder, Colorado,
Sameul "Sammy" Brett
From Blompark, Gansbaai (near
Hermanus), Western Cape, South Africa
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)
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
Mr Bryan Bennets
From Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mr Dave de Wet
Location in South Africa, unknown (for now)
Mr Rudolf Barnard
Mr Graham Murgatroyd
Currently resident in Tasmania, Australia
Mr Arno Barnard
Currently Residing in Westdene, Bloemfontein
(Updated July 2012)
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
Mr Gustav Thalwitzer
Facebook warrior, Rangoria, New Zealand
Mr Roi Strong Sibambo
Facebook warrior, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Mr Theo Smit
From Amersfoort, South Africa
Mr Robert Guy Ruggier
Mr Godfrey Sterley
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
From Richards Bay 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 from the rumour list...