SA soldier to be posthumously honoured by the UN
Tomorrow (Thursday, May 19) the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed and a South African soldier who died while on peace support duty is one of the 128 who will posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjöld medal. Rifleman Toto Tom Malashe who was killed while deployed as one of the South African soldiers who did duty on the hybrid AU/UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) becomes the first SA National Defence Force (SANDF) member to be awarded the UN peacekeeping medal. South Africa withdrew from the UNAMID mission at the beginning of April stating the Sudan government had made it increasingly difficult for proper logistic support to be provided to deployed soldiers. The day will be marked at UN headquarters in New York and tomorrow’s ceremony will be the eighth year running that the world body will honour more than 100 Blue Helmets who died while serving in the cause of peace in the previous year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 128 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2015.