Magnus Malan, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Magnus Malan

South African army general and Cabinet minister

Date of Birth: 30-Jan-1930

Place of Birth: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Date of Death: 18-Jul-2011

Profession: politician

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Magnus Malan

  • General Magnus André de Merindol Malan, (30 January 1930 – 18 July 2011) was a pivotal military man and politician during the last years of apartheid in South Africa.
  • He served respectively as Minister of Defence in the cabinet of President P.
  • W.
  • Botha, Chief of the South African Defence Force (SADF), and Chief of the South African Army.
  • Rising quickly through the lower ranks, he was appointed to strategic command positions.
  • His tenure as chief of the defence force saw it increase in size, efficiency and capabilities.
  • As P.W.
  • Botha's cabinet minister, he posited a total communist onslaught, for which an encompassing national strategy was devised.
  • This entailed placing policing, intelligence and aspects of civic affairs under control of generals.
  • The ANC and Swapo were branded as terrorist organizations, while splinter groups (UNITA, RENAMO and LLA) were bolstered in neighbouring and Frontline States.
  • Cross-border raids targeted suspected bases of insurgents or activists, while at home the army entered townships from 1984 onwards to stifle unrest.
  • Elements in the Inkhata Freedom Party were used as a proxy force, and rogue soldiers and policemen in the CCB assassinated opponents.

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