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9 South African Infantry Battalion
Country  South Africa
Branch  South Africa Army
Type Motorised infantry (seaborne)
Part of South African Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Cape Town, Western Cape
Motto(s)
  • Fortiter et fideliter (Boldly and faithfully)
  • Ebenhaeser (Thus far the Lord has led us)
Battle honours

9 South African Infantry Battalion is a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army, designated seaborne.

History[edit | edit source]

What was previously known as the South African Cape Corps (SACC) (Afrikaans language: Suid-Afrika Kaapse Korps (SAKK)) was renamed the 9 South African Infantry Battalion (9 SAI) in 1992.

On March 31, 1992 all SACC units were disbanded. The next day 9 SAI was established in their place. No reason for the name change was ever given. It was also during this time that the Special Forces were renamed, a decision later reversed by President Nelson Mandela and Defence Minister Joe Modise, who saw nothing wrong with the nomenclature.[1]

Deployments[edit | edit source]

9 SAI BN was the South African battalion deployed in Burundi in early 2006. All the companies were deployed in different provinces of Burundi and started projects such as upgrading hospitals, repainting school buildings, repairing the roofs, donating sports equipment to schools, sharing food with the local population and participating in different sports with the local population, the national police and the Burundi Defence Force.[2]

Role[edit | edit source]

Amphibious motorised infantry.

Home base[edit | edit source]

Eerste River, Western Cape

Battle honours[lower-alpha 2][edit | edit source]

Motto[edit | edit source]

  • Fortiter et fideliter (Boldly and faithfully)
  • Ebenhaeser (Thus far the Lord has led us)

Roll of Honour[edit | edit source]

SACC[edit | edit source]

  • 1965 – Arnolds,J.A., Sea [3]:23
  • 1987 – De Bruin,F., Rfn [3]:298
  • 1984 – Douwrie,D.A., Rfn [3]:366[lower-alpha 4]
  • 1978 – Engledoe,G.J., Rfn [3]:431
  • 1984 – Gouws,P., Cpl [3]:519[lower-alpha 4]
  • 1987 – Morris,R., Sgt [3]:986
  • 1983 – Prins,D., Cpl [3]:1176[lower-alpha 4]
  • 1987 – Roman,S.L., L-Cpl [3]:1226
  • 1983 – Van der Westhuizen,J.A., Rfn [3]:1574
  • 1991 – van Wyk,A., Rfn [3]:36630
  • 1984 – Wildschutt,J.J.J., Rfn [3]:1664

1 SACC[edit | edit source]

2 SACC[edit | edit source]

  • 1990 – Arendse,D., Rfn [5]:22
  • 1988 – Botha,J.N., Rfn [5]:135

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Awarded in 1841 for service during the 4th, 5th and 6th Frontier Wars. Not inherited by subsequent incarnations.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Inherited from the SA Cape Corps
  3. 3.0 3.1 All awarded in 1926 and inherited by the SACC Service Bn in 1978
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 This person is marked on the Fort Klapperkop Memorial wall with an * as having died during operations or in combat.

References[edit | edit source]

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