|I trained in 8SAI with Lotriet and was also promoted to L.Cpl after what was a very tough and demanding section leader course. Soon after that we were sent up to join the Border War in Northern Namibia; our role being as base protection in Oshakati; also based at that time at Makalani.
L.Cpl Lotriet was a genuinely nice guy. Being english speaking and from a rather privileged up-bringing in Durban I was sensitive to some of the prejudice experienced from some of the other guys; but never from Lotriet. Always a contagious laugh and a bit of fun, fair and very likeable.
I was shocked and saddened to the point of being one of my life defining moments to hear that he had been killed out on patrol. From what I had heard; first hand soon after the accident from the ops medic that tried to save him; the section was in protective circular formation at night when he had ventured out to a friend for a cigarette but had got disorientated and approached from the front. His friend fearing that he was the enemy approaching followed instinct and following orders shot without warning.
What a shock and terribly tragic. Rest in Peace and after all these years may I take this opportunity to finally offer my sincerest condolences to your family.