Magnus Malan dies

2011-07-18 09:38

Johannesburg - Apartheid defence minister Magnus Malan died on Monday morning, his family said.

"General Magnus Malan died peacefully early this morning at home. He leaves his wife of 49-years behind as well as 3 children and 9 grandchildren," his family said.

It was not clear how he died.

Malan was chief of the SA Defence Force in 1976, and was Minister of Defence from 1980 until 1991.

  • ntsiki.mdeni - 2011-07-18 09:45

    Condolences. RIP

      USSA - 2011-07-18 10:38

      Thank you Ntsiki.

      Carl - 2011-07-18 11:50

      myancmyfutur---------the victims you are talking about are the mnay who have filled the cemetries of SA after 1994 many victims because their colour of skin was my pregnant wife who was butchered all because she was going to have a white a baby. One can only see the criminal approved society which your beloved ANC has approved where innocent people die just to satisfy the morbid and menatlly ill few who think democracy is an excuse for breaking the law. How do you sleep?!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 12:00

      @ Carl, I'm a black man and I've been hijacked twice and my house broken into once and I know for a fact that none of those has been sunctioned by the ANC or DA or any other party. Am sorry about your wife but I think your anger is midirected if you're pointing fingures to the ANC for that,my little brother was stabbed 78 times in 2005, he was 21 and His killers walk free, crime knows no colour and if we can't unite against it we will forever seek for excuses. Gen Malan's victims inlude families who are still searching for loved ones who disappeared under His command. Though I agree that He and Eugen de Kock did assist investigators in some cases for closer but many families never had closure.

      Chloe - 2011-07-18 12:12

      @myancmyfutur No-one has to sanction these atrocities. They just have to do nothing! Hence the state of this nation. Nothing-doers. This happens when governments really couldn't care less about murderers and other criminals as long as their coffers are filled to the brim. Hence third world.

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 12:51

      Ntsiki , does RIP stand for Return If Possible ?

      Carl - 2011-07-18 13:18

      myancmyfutur----I am sorry for your brother but the so called alleged Malan's victims would want us to seek justice for those who have and are filling the cemetries of our countries. The crime and rapes as well killings of this period post 1994 is no excuse to hide the brutal reality so a few can talk about the past. The past is the past. We have victims of violence too traumatized inc women who have been raped. Look after these and do not worry about the past. Those who died in the so called "libeartion" would be ashamed of the crime and corruption that we have today. No one fought or died for that or did they?!

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:50

      @ Ntsiki, Myancmyfutur - thanks :-) I wasn't in SA during those times but it's really encouraging that people who either were affected or had relative/friends/whatever who were can offer their condolences instead of dancing on his grave. That shows good character! Now, if these chaps can demonstrate that they're the better people in this situation - why can't we all? If anything, we should learn that hating is pointless and will affect you personally forever, but forgiveness and compassion will set you free!

      2012 - 2011-07-18 14:10

      DID YOU KNOW...... On December 21, 1988 Malan was booked to travel on Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York, as part of a South African delegation of 23 negotiators to sign an agreement at UN headquarters, whereby South Africa would cede control of Namibia and hand over the country to the UN, as demanded by the Security Council. At short notice, the whole South African delegation cancelled the booking on that flight, which was bombed by Libyan security operatives and crashed at Lockerbie, Scotland killing all 259 people on board and eleven people on the ground.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-07-18 15:49

      DID YOU KNOW: On November 2, 1995 Malan was charged together with other former senior military officers for murdering 13 people (including seven children) in the KwaMakhutha massacre in 1987. The murders were said to have been part of a conspiracy to create war between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and maintaining white minority rule.

      LagUTroll - 2011-07-19 10:17

      @SiphovdMerwe How about you finish that quote? "All the accused were eventually acquitted. President Mandela supported the verdict and called on South Africans to respect it". Aquittal supported by Mandela. @siya.block He's in heaven, knowing he didnt have many years left he voted ANC - because that is the free ticket to heaven these days.

      Staalbal - 2011-07-20 11:52

      @ 2012 Those were the days when the intelligence agencies did their job.

  • marcus.daily3 - 2011-07-18 09:46

    Regardless of how bad ass an individual was, we always pay our respects when death arrives. RIP.

      Benny66 - 2011-07-18 10:04

      Thank you Marcus for showing your compassion. Even though we may not agree with his role during the days of apartheid, he is still God's creation and deserving of our prayers. Condolences to his family. It is sad that so many on this blog prefer to show their lack of class and good grace.

      jakkals - 2011-07-18 10:46

      marcus, it is with people like you I want to build this country with. Yes, maybe he had his evils, but that was before my time. I want to move out of this mindset of "your heroes, my heroes". Why not be our children's heroes by stop stuffing SA up with crime and corruption?

      GT - 2011-07-18 11:11

      I disagree, if you can't earn it in life then you don't deserve it in death. Malan - good soldier, wrong team

      Bridget - 2011-07-18 11:28

      Every war has two sides; both sides think they are fighting for the correct cause. Be man enough and intelligent enough to learn from history and don't keep on making the same mistakes. Condolences to family & friends.

      crackerr - 2011-07-18 12:24

      @Bridget Exactly. And how ironic that both sides will often call on the same deity for victory and protection. We must not allow ourselves to be manipulated into that no-win situation by the powers in this country who think we are their possessions to do with as they like. Very much like generals in wars regard their troops - dispensable cannon fodder. One way of safeguarding ourselves against such exploitation is to make sure we are allowed free access to information so that we do not fall into the trap of being manipulated into blaming innocents for the mess in this country.

      Twooney - 2011-07-18 13:16

      Regardless of his wrong doings etc. May his soul rest in peace and condolences to the family!

      Met - 2011-07-18 13:58

      A good soldier who led a small well trained and disciplined army against the "mighty"Soviet communist led rif-raf led ANC/Fapla and Swapo. The corrupt ANC regime have killed more than 800000 innocent unborn babies in their mothers wombs through ANC legislation( and supported by DA)

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-18 14:40

      What is there to disagree about regarding the a self confessed racist fascist bigot.

      Met - 2011-07-18 15:31

      RIP General- You were a real one and led a disciplined well trained army against the communist Soviet led ANC/FAPLA rabble.Unlike the lot under the corrupt ANC regime.The present "generals" look like overweight bus drivers who "lead" an aids infested band of thieves and murderers. More have died in 16 yrs of ANC "government" than more than 50 yrs under the NP and THAT IS FACT. 800000 unborn babies in their mothers wombs alone and yes, mostly black.

      Ld - 2011-07-18 20:00

      Agreed Marcus. Must say the general trend of comments is much less scathing than it was 2 months ago. I so wish people can realize that we cannot undo the past - the future is for our children. By all means debate - but if you cannot do it without racial bias, rather go have supper or go for a walk......

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:24

      I want to agree with GT. I do not want to dance on this man's grave, but c'mon, let's get real. He wasn't too particularly concerned with anybody else's rights if they were not white when he was "doing his job", was he. There is nothing honourable about what he did.

      IBI - 2011-07-19 05:30

      @ Kunta-Kinte It takes a bigger one to identify a smaller one, that is a "self confessed racist fascist bigot"

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-19 09:57

      you cant rip on a guy when he is dead, be a man and do it to his face while he lives, like a warrior.

  • paulf - 2011-07-18 09:46

    Sincere condolences to the family. R.I.P.

      BroederBond - 2011-07-18 13:29

      @Kolobe, motsokwane - stupid is as stupid does....................clowns

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:35

      @ Kolobe - my birthday is in August so you have 32 days left bru...

      Eish! - 2011-07-18 15:20

      kolobe, there are some animals around, some of them more YOUTHful than others, whose death I will definitely be celebrating.

  • economyfree - 2011-07-18 09:53

    R.I.P General, We all make mistakes as long as we go back and ask God to forgive us. Lala ngoxolo,Mnumzane uMalan.

      chez - 2011-07-18 13:37

      @Orcanda. I'm not a Hypocrite - I commented on what economyfree said. There is no God but Malan believed there was, so asking for forgiveness would have been important to HIM; not to me. If he was a "man of God", how could he justify what he did? My faith is not being questioned, Malans is you fool.

      Matt - 2011-07-18 14:06

      @ Chez - how do you know there is no God? Or do you just believe that?

      chez - 2011-07-18 14:37

      @Matt. How do you know there is one? And please don't talk about miracles or the bible, there are lots of books about lots of religions but there is no proof of any (or no) religion. Of course it is my opinion only, just as believing in God could be your opinion. This is not about God, it is about a man who believed in God and still set about killing (his) Gods creatures. Why get stuck on my mention of God? My point was that if i thought he was an idiot when alive, why should I speak well of him now? he remains (in my opnion) an idiot; and isn't this comment section meant for our opinions?

      Phiwe - 2011-07-18 15:09

      of course there is no god well no god except for the flying spaghetti monster.

      Digit - 2011-07-18 21:07

      Ah yes Mr Phiwe ..... and that church is known as the PASTAFARIANS ... read up on it on Google ...

      IBI - 2011-07-19 05:52

      @ Chez,not the place to try and persude me there is no God. My God says that anyone who does not believe in Him is a Fool; that's why the national day for atheists is the 1 st of April.

      Neil - 2011-07-20 09:34

      @ IBI: And so too the national day for Christians should then be 21 March or has it shifted to December? Let's rather stay on topic and keep religion out of this.

      Susannomore - 2011-07-20 12:31

      @IBI - If you are going to argue, make sure your facts are striaght. The day is celebrated on the first Thursday in May every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer. In 2008 it fell on April 1, the 75th anniversary of the first Humanist Manifesto.

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-18 09:54

    Farewell, General. Rest in peace.

  • Annoy - 2011-07-18 09:56


  • - 2011-07-18 09:57

    RIP> Never agreed with the politics but must admit he ran an army like it should be run. Not the circus we have today. (Do you know that 4 navy ships were invited to attend the Knysna Festival. Only one made it, the other 3 broke down and never arrived.

      Darter - 2011-07-18 10:15

      Which navy ships were these? Please explain when this was. Because I sense a big ass lie being told here....

      corro51 - 2011-07-18 11:51

      Probably mislaid the oars.

      Totman - 2011-07-18 12:08

      Ryger, Tyger and the Titanic.

      Azizi - 2011-07-18 13:43

      Who told you that dick??

      Darter - 2011-07-18 14:29

      AZIZI....its a blatant lie. Or he's just passing on a story that dozens of people before him added their own "creative license". I would love to know when this was. I'm crossing my fingers, hoping he logs back on to explain.... - 2011-07-18 14:58


      Crispy_Duck - 2011-07-18 15:56

      I think you had better go have a look at these pictures then... .... The weather was terrible but they still pulled it off. Now stop being a d00s and get your facts straight.

  • Ian - 2011-07-18 10:01

    R.I.P General, I served under you for many years when the SADF was a military organisation which was feared and admired by forces the world over, not the joke it is today

      BraBob - 2011-07-18 11:14

      Toe die Army nog mans van seuns gemaak het.

      Andrew - 2011-07-18 11:39

      "feared and admired" for all the wrong reasons. The army and the police were feared in townships and all over this country for enforcing the sin of apartheid and preventing simple human rights.... I wasted two years doing national service!!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-18 11:56

      LIONEL.& ANDREW....Malans era was not the shameful one...THIS era is. Sleg Troep !!!!!

      Redwine - 2011-07-18 12:10

      You must have been in admin or a tiffy I am not sure who feared whom but we had no business playing cowboys and crooks with real soldiers in Angola. The blood of many innocent young boys having their future scarred by foolish policts will always stain him and all around hin at the time. He stuffed up my life and I had no choise!

      EYESAY - 2011-07-18 12:31 sound like a WET!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-18 13:41

      Lionel, Redwine & Creeky. My original reply to you three was removed. Lets just leave it @ that.

      Blackup - 2011-07-18 14:43

      @BOFFINBOB: Ofcourse it wasnt shameful for you, coz you are a shameless racist!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-18 14:49

      BLACKUP.....LOL...Only since 1997. But seriously now....I am a realist. We leave the racist thing to you black folk & your " mini me " lheadha Malema. Besides.....we were not fighting SA Blacks on the borders only commies & Terrs & we all know that MK really did'nt like confrontation, now did they ?

      Met - 2011-07-18 15:36

      Lionel- Your mother obviously threw the baby away and raised the after birth

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-18 16:46

      Rajty....Poorly equiped...LOL...They had better equipment @ their disposal then we did & an endless supply as well, not to mention, no lack of personel either. NO....Discipline & Training. White South Africans are generally a very disciplined people, and as we witness day in & day out in this country & continent, discipline is not the indigenous folk's strong point. Just like Israel....Small & outnumbered, the SADF was a remarkable army, led by some remarkable people, and the General was one of them. LOL.....Look @ our Army today...What a Joke !

      Lionel - 2011-07-19 08:47

      EYESAY, ag shame, resorting to personal insults then? it's nice to see you boertjies can't lord it over the rest of us anymore :D

      Lionel - 2011-07-19 08:50

      Met, is that the best you can do? You Nats are no different to the ANC - brainless, corrupt, demagogues who thought the country belonged to you. The Nats joined the ANC - birds of a feather...

      Andrew - 2011-07-19 09:07

      Well said Lionel...I don't know what has happened to your first comment.

  • - 2011-07-18 10:04

    Sad that on this day where we celebrate the birthday of a man that stood for forgiveness... that after 15yrs we can still say things like "good riddance" and "thank you Lord". Sho! thats bad...

      rog - 2011-07-19 09:46

      True.Mandela set the example for forgiveness.For a man to sit in jail for so long and still forgive those who put him there.And still to unite a country with sport!IF ONLY ALL CAN HAVE HIS MIND SET IN THIS COUNTRY!Forgiveness from all.

  • dane - 2011-07-18 10:05

    hey guys, be what country are we living in ?

  • BlakKat - 2011-07-18 10:06

    RIP Mr. Malan. You had a heavy job to do and did it to the best of your ability.

  • GT - 2011-07-18 10:07

    I wonder who he is having conversations with at the moment?

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-18 11:18

      Nobody, he's dead.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 11:42

      With God GT. Each and everyone will stand before God as he read the book of life. Your life and mine

      Caz - 2011-07-18 11:45

      LOl Chris Hani???

      morentebo - 2011-07-18 11:46

      he's having a conversation with terreblanche

      GT - 2011-07-18 12:04

      Lab-Rat, I actually agree with you.

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:42

      With Lab-Rat - scientists tried to grow a human ear on it and it died in the process a few minutes ago...

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:46

      @ Orcanda - definitely! Some of the commentators don't want to know that though... they prefer to go through life with the notion that they came from nothing, share common heritage with earth worms, then die and become worm-food. I used to believe that - back in the day when nothing made sense and it felt like there was no purpose... As for Magnus - well, none of us know what he did before he died, what he believed in, if he got saved... so best is to rather not speculate where he is right now... say RIP and hope he got saved, but if he didn't, well there's nothing that can be done now, is there?

  • BlakKat - 2011-07-18 10:08

    Reading these comments of hatred shows that no one has taken any notice of what Nelson Mandela stood for. This is why this country is not progressing and why racism is growing. How very sad.

      Kenno - 2011-07-18 15:04

      @BlakKat...Sadly you are correct. What a sick bunch we are here in South Africa!

  • mark t - 2011-07-18 10:12

    What a Rainbow nation we are. Looking at all the idiots postings here it shows how far from Rainbow we are and what could still be installed for us in future. How proud Mandele must be that all his worked for seems to be for nothing.

  • stofsuier - 2011-07-18 10:18

    The only difference between him and madiba is that we will get a public holiday when madiba dies.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:09


      Andrew - 2011-07-18 13:02

      The only difference is.... everything!!

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 15:06

      what would we call the holiday , " NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES" ?

      Aj - 2011-07-18 16:56

      There wont be panga's, half will be sold on the side. The other half stolen so then because the masses can't get it they become angry and burn half the city down and turn on each other like the animals they are. Sooo LOL.. nuff said.

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:42

      Do not be a total idiot. Check these "boxes" to get your answer. Malan fought to exclude and oppress people. YES/NO Mandela fought to fee people YES/NO It's a no brainer. Question is, do you have a brain?

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-19 13:18

      Not true Lauren, do some research on Malan before you make ridiculous comments. And not Wikipedia either.

      Robnob - 2011-07-19 13:48

      Yes Lauren, you are one of the many who believe the bullsh1t stories of peace and hope offered by Mandela, maybe you should look into his history too and think about the people's lives he ruined.

      Shannon - 2011-07-20 14:47

      How rude? There is a huge difference between him and Madiba - Madiba revived this country after he killed it! Malan was a horrible man and it is because of him thar racism still lives in this country. These comments on this board are pathetic! It is because of this GENERAL that my daughter is suffering and still being blamed for apartheid, despite her only being four years old. We are trying to move on from the past, and it is people like all of you that are keeping us from doing that. Yes the government might not be doing right, but WE as South Africans need to think out the box and TRY make a difference. Madiba tried! It is the people after him that failed. It is the people in Malans time that failed this country and made it what it is today. Grow up and start living in the present and not the past people!

      chris badenhorst - 2011-07-22 18:23

      avatar chris badenhorst - Just posted Report comment How did mandela save this country?? How did malan kill it?? mandela is a terrorist who had innocent people killed in the name of the struggle whilst malan fought for the souvereignity of south africa Shannon!! tell me honestly, do u feel safer or worse off now that the ANC has ruined our country by its lawlessness and murder and mayhem?? be honest!! Its people like u who know nothing of apartheid that stir the dust annoying other people...

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-07-18 10:19

    This once again confirms the amount of hatred still alive and active in the new S.A. What ever happened to reconcilliation and forgiveness that mandela supposedly displayed. So much for his example, or maybe that was also a big act. and so untill Jesus comes according to the anc the white man will always be the enemy and will forever remain in debt. Well we will have to wait and see wont we? and me thinks it's not going to be too long a wait. So much for our "DEMONOCRACY"

      Thabs - 2011-07-18 12:20

      Democracy begins in our hearts. So biting each other wont give us democracy. Let us learn to love and accept one another, whenever thats not possible, at least let us learn to tolerate one another.

      psydomx - 2011-07-18 12:43

      @GEORGIE......thanks to the likes of Malema and others....there will be no utopia, people have instinctively clicked over into survival mode thanks to the endless threats and sanctioned actions within the ruling ANC, did you honestly think people will allow whats happening and shrug it off... in order for equality to prosper 300 years of evolution would have to be discarded.

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:53

      @ Phiwe - oh, but they do... but it's not for us to judge where Magnus ends up, that's between him and God... As for that deep hole - isn't that in Kimberley ;-)

      Phiwe - 2011-07-18 14:31

      No they dont! haha

  • Whatevs - 2011-07-18 10:23


      unblind - 2011-07-18 14:44

      do you think mandela likes malan? you are deluded. clearly you dont know anything about mandela.

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:40

      Agreed, unblind. I am sure there is not too much love going on there. The great man is very tolerant, but honestly, that's going to take a giant leap.

      miya7 - 2011-07-19 11:55

      what gud birthday present madiba.a glass os shaza for me.

  • Pierre - 2011-07-18 10:23

    Jirre, but there are some revolting specimens posting comments on this website... white and black. Racist imbeciles who long for apartheid, and racist imbeciles who would rather reduce the country to a pile of rubble than share it with whites. Can't you sad losers just try to be decent for a day? And if you find that it's a good fit, try it again tomorrow.

      Paralegal - 2011-07-18 10:45

      Well said Pierre. Wish we could all just live together in peace and forget all the nastiness and racism forever.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:11

      As blacks we are prepared to share our Shacks with whites the question is are they prepared to share their mines and farms?

      mike - 2011-07-18 11:27

      no - work for it yourself

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 12:57

      Work for what?

      Lanfear - 2011-07-18 13:25

      You own possessions myancmyfutur. The whites worked for it. Do you even know the history of the country? Or do you only know about the last 30 years?

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-18 13:44

      LOL...Typical. myancmyfutur, does not UNDERSTAND the meaning of the word " work. "

      Tolerant - 2011-07-18 13:44

      Yes, work for your own farms, mines and banks. Everything else is theft.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 14:13

      i dont think any of you read what I was responding to, you just saw "mines and farms" and you all got excited.

      chez - 2011-07-18 15:05

      @Lanfear. Weeelll, we did kind of have things handed to us on a plate. Without doubt, my white skin got me a good job with only a matric. maybe you should look at history a bit more??

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:38

      Why all the thumbs down for myancmyfutur? He makes a valid point.

  • AB.VILJOEN - 2011-07-18 10:25

    RIP General

  • Thingamebob - 2011-07-18 10:26

    many of us fought for a lie and died for nothing and got no recognition. All the National Party's sons and General son's stayed at home or had nice safe jobs in Pretoria. Many of their contacts and friends made a fortune out of this war. They were no different to the leadership of today

      alicia - 2011-07-18 15:08

      What husband servede with many of them. Just like Prince William goes off to war so did they. My Father in law was a Colonel...his son had to. He hated it. But for him there was no option. His Dad was in Parliament.... friends with many of those sons still today. They have changed in so many ways....why can you never forget your hatred. We do not hate the English, who took everything from us. Your hatred is like feed on it.

      Adrian - 2011-07-18 16:07

      It seems to me you were also one of the soldiers with a save job ,because you are talking nonsens

      Deon - 2011-07-18 18:23

      Thingabob. Gen Jannie Heldenhuys's son was killed in contact on the border. Gen. Constat Viljoen's son fought till the end with 32 Battalion. But you are mostly correct. A good example would be Rossouw Botha, son of PW, whose only contact came when a bergadder bit him in Gordonsbay. Many politicians' sons really hid away while we fought to ensure their dads could go to a whites only beach with a Whites Only sign.

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:33

      Alicia, you need to chill a bit and understand that not everybody in the world was brought up with a millitant up bringing. Some of us just simply accept the world with all its people. No need to always be fighting and obeying the colonel, ok? Also, you should not really be relying on the English princes as references. The one is having a lekker time all over the world (nothing wrong with that) and the other is trying to step in for his dad in a legacy that is fast losing credibility. By the way, I went to school with most of the Tuin Huis Kinders...most of them were great...and yeah, most of them were closeted, which breeds hypocrisy. Your daddy ever you go to war?

      chez - 2011-07-19 10:04

      Actually, Malan didn't really do any active duty either; one of the reasons so many of the conscripts didn't like or respect him. Read his bio, he just did course after course.

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-18 10:28

    Very, very saddened at the comments on this thread. Have we not learnt anything over the past 15 years?

  • Gore - 2011-07-18 10:28

    Considering the comments on this blog, SA is indeed on a highway to be disfunctional just like any other failed African State, usually the rot sets in after 20 years of independence!! The beauty of it is that every country finds its own destroying button!!

  • Roy - 2011-07-18 10:30

    Because of him and the Goverment he worked for my son's had to defend their policies for apartheid and this is why our country is what it is today.

  • chappie - 2011-07-18 10:31

    Rest in Peace Sir. May God hold your loved ones close.

  • Neil - 2011-07-18 10:32

    A lot of hate on this page. I think that all involved need to grow up and look at the bigger picture: a person has died, this person leaves behind a family. Whether or not he has found forgiveness from his creator we don't know. We should respect that and offer our condolences. R.I.P.

      Elbie - 2011-07-18 13:29

      So true Neil, the preacher at the funeral of someone I knew who was a drunk all his life said to the family, that no matter what this person did in his life, he leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, and it could not have been all bad times, no matter who he was to the rest of the world, he was still a husband, father, grandfather and uncle who will remember him for good times unrelated to the bad the world knows about.

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:55

      Excellent Neil...

  • Innocent - 2011-07-18 10:34

    May he's soul rest in peace,we all created by God image..

      Paralegal - 2011-07-18 10:47

      Ah Dilika, thank goodness then that Malema is not one of God's creations.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:33

      @ Paralegal, Mr Malema is just singing, many people are still looking for their loved ones who dissappeared under the General's command and you have the dissency to compare the 2

  • TheSuperC - 2011-07-18 10:35

    You were a great man and with deepest respect we salute you, General Malan. May your soul rest in peace. Deepest condolences to your family.

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-18 10:36

    The Reason racism still exist today is because u too scared to tell the culprits about their evil deeds. I'm not black nor white but an African.

  • Sammy - 2011-07-18 10:39

    These comments are vile and a TRUE reflection of how SICK people in this country is... I feel sorry for the whole lot of you as you people DESERVE eachother and the state of this place. GOOD LIVING ZA!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:35

      The fact that many families never had closure with their loved ones vanishing under the General's army means that we'll forever be angry at Him even beyond the grave

      Sammy - 2011-07-18 11:38

      Yes I understand but 2 wrongs don't make a right. By the sounds of it this country will NEVER know unity. Why because people don't give a toss.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 12:07

      Last week news24 was reporting on the death of Ethekwini Regional Secretary of the ANC and the hate messages that were posted there were shameful. Now a week later we have all healed racial divisions we must forgive and forget. be serious

      Totman - 2011-07-18 12:18

      @myancmyfutur. Were you not one of them complaining? Now you are one of them doing the same....and yes it was bad, but this topple it. Playing tit for tat does not making the grade. Neither does talking, but practicing is the proof. What is your excuse?

      Sammy - 2011-07-18 12:53

      @anc dude, you're missing the point. It's not about who did what to who, its about how South Africans all think?

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:56

      @ Sammy - I agree - sadly, this is one of the better days - some of the stuff written on here is shocking filth

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 14:19

      So you're saying forgive and forget, perhaps you shold say that to the families of Siphiwe Mthimkulu, Bathandwa Ndondo, Champoion Galela and many others who never had the opportunity to bury their loved ones. Many people dont know that Thabo Mbeki's only son disappeared without a trace and He never saw His remains Seeking closure is not asking for revenge and taking some of that information to the grave means that we'll forever resent His name.

      W H Kotze - 2011-07-18 22:22

      @myancmyfutur: You've got it all wrong. Malan was not in charge of Quattro. That was your man Zuma.

  • Isaac - 2011-07-18 10:40

    What ever is wrong with people,we realy dont understand enough about life or death or the world,so much so that we celebrate the death of people,and deticate hatred to each other over a social factor known as race, we have a loooong way to go.

      unblind - 2011-07-18 14:59

      no, it's not about politics. it's about the death of a mass murderer...

  • Justin - 2011-07-18 10:40

    @Tsepo en trawante ....Al dra 'n aap 'n goue ring, hy blyu nogsteeds 'n onnosele ding!!! Magnus, RIP !!! You were one of the greatest!!

  • Capstick - 2011-07-18 10:40

    One of the lsat decent ministers we had - should get a national funeral.

  • bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-07-18 10:40

    I can only sit an laugh at these little boys with the big mouths commenting on a topic when in fact they werent even around during apartheid, yet they are so quick to speak their voice on a man and matter they know bugger all about... I will not comment on the general because i do not know much about him and actually couldnt care less... Move on, get over urselves and wake the F up... Instead of coasting along, hoping that your ANC will give you everything you need to go forward in life, get an effing education and a proper job and then comment... No one actually has time to listen to your insignificant banter. Perhaps go ask your "leader" for a job building his new house - you might even get lucky and catch a cup of tea in your enamel cup... If he's not willing, why not ask the white man to give you a job, just like majority of your other brothers have to do...

      Johnny - 2011-07-19 15:57

      pure racist comments...

  • mreg - 2011-07-18 10:41

    Another good military man passes. Nobody from the present or future SANDF will ever be able to fill his boots. REST IN PEACE GENERAL!!!!

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  • Innocent - 2011-07-18 10:43

    May he's soul rest in peace,

      unblind - 2011-07-18 14:50

      may his soul rest in pieces

  • mreg - 2011-07-18 10:44

    Another good military man passes. No present or future person in the SANDF will ever fill this great man's boots. REST IN PEACE GENERAL!!!! EX RSM

  • Stever - 2011-07-18 10:44

    I feel sad for his family, but there is no doubt that Magnus Malan was a key cog that made apartheid work. How many white soldiers died in vain during his watch as they perpetuated a system that was fundamentally immoral and impractical. How many black people died guresome, anonymous deaths at teh hands of the SANDF and its special forces. I for one am not terribly heartbroken at his passing.

      Zulgin - 2011-07-18 17:57

      more died in the transition period of democracy than under the entire apartheid regime put together. That remains a fact. Magnus kept peace and was a great general, he brought pride to the men and woman of South Africa.

  • JJRR - 2011-07-18 10:47

    Ag hel kan julle nie se gewese minister nie. Julle sal ook nooit oor hierdie victim storie kom as julle julle self nie elke dag remind van die verlede nie. Ek is seker sy pos benaming was nie, Apartheid defence minister nie!

  • Realist - 2011-07-18 10:48

    The only thing I can say: "To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child", Cicero. It appears that people (the readers here) are ignorant of what actually happened. Instead we point fingers and wish harm upon our fellow country men. Grow up

  • nduk'zempi - 2011-07-18 10:50

    War Criminal,just like Ratko Mladic

  • lungelo mpatho - 2011-07-18 10:50

    he and his kind killed a lot of innocent people, but only God will pass judgement on his soul....goodbye Mr Malan!

      Fedup - 2011-07-18 12:27

      he and his kind killed a lot of innocent people - go and F&^k yourself idiot what do you think your idiot brothers are doing now??? When the General was around i never had 8 foot walls around the house or electric fences and as kids we actually played outside in the street

      Brent Kotze - 2011-07-18 12:52

      @ANCockup pekkie is the father of your kids and he is related your current wife and your grandma... disrespectfull waste of breath ...

      Matt - 2011-07-18 13:59

      @ ANCockup - you sod! What Lungelo writes is correct. If he/she were hateful, they could've said that he must burn in hell, use some racial language, but instead kept it very respectful and deserves credit for that. Instead of recognising that, you relpy with an insult. Shame on you!

      Tolerant - 2011-07-18 16:20

      Some stats say the police of current regime kills more innocent people last few years than the police during apartheid.

  • Neil - 2011-07-18 10:52

    @Polio,Tsheps and all the other ANC idiots being Happy he is dead: At least Malan is RID of all you moron's! He wont ever hear stupid Malema's mouth or idiots like Tsheps. You honestly think he gives a sh*t what you poverty stricken morons say? BTW, he DEFENDED your country (Which you F up in 17years to the point of no return.)At least then there was a Military you can be proud of. It's Micky Mouse now, had they sent the current military to angola those times, most of you lot would have been back in body bags because you know nothing.

      unblind - 2011-07-18 15:04

      skru u

      Neil - 2011-07-18 15:51

      @unblind: Don't flatter yourself.

  • Garth - 2011-07-18 10:52

    When death comes, its always a sad day.....shocked at some ignorant comments out there

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 12:08

      Like the ones that celebrated the murder of ethekwini's ANC secretary last week

  • ExRecce - 2011-07-18 10:53

    It's quite informative to see how the black ous react and comment to this. It's something that every wit ou has known for years. Intelligence is definitely lacking and they will vote for a corrupt, sick government just for the sake of voting for a black man. (Who are the sick racists then?) It's right bro, comment all you can, vote all you can because when nothing is left you will have to feed yourself and your corrupt government will shift their focus on YOU!!!!

      ntsiki.mdeni - 2011-07-18 11:03

      I don't know if we must equate their comments to intelligence. Or a lack thereof. Most of them are vocal about why they ''rejoice'' in his death. that he ''killed'' innocent black people. I am black and certainly do not share the same views. I forgive/forgave him and every non-black who has oppressed a black person.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-18 11:06

      When I served in the SADF in the mid 80's we spent most of our time in the townships stopping blacks from killing each other. We also gave aedical attention, food etc to them. National servicemen with various qualifications were also used as lecturers in many colleges and schools for these ungrateful wretches. Its a pity that none of these idiots today will ever realise that the NP government and the SADF did a lot more for them than the ANC ever will.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-18 11:07

      Typo- medical attention

      Matt - 2011-07-18 14:00

      Ntsiki for President! The bro/sis has learnt the valuable life lesson that forgiveness will set you free. Oh how I wish everyone else could learn this lesson!

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 16:34

      ANCockup So you were the 3rd Force ?

  • King Msendi - 2011-07-18 10:53

    Only God can judge him. May his soul rest in peaceā€¦

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 15:54

      Exactly King. Only God can judge him and all of us. Dont judge because you will be judged by God dont condemn so that you wont be condemnet by God

  • ExRecce - 2011-07-18 10:55

    Happy Birthday???? With one foot in the grave and the other on a slippery banana peel...........

      Totman - 2011-07-18 12:23

      What was this in aid off? Birth and death is the connection in a live circle, but also opposite of each other. The one we celebrate and the other one we morn. Humans do not usually mention them in the same comment. What are you?

  • 50something - 2011-07-18 11:00

    I had the honour of serving under him and he was a real gentleman. RIP

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 15:18

      and I had the honour of serving whisky to Manto , oh burp what a lady !

      50something - 2011-07-18 16:14

      Mgayi - it shows, hope you didn't forget the garlic.

  • ANCockup - 2011-07-18 11:02

    RIP General. This country needs more men like you to lead it out of its current corrupt and despotic state. I know the locusts still fear the white man though, Malema building a bunker for himself is proof of this....

      Mswati - 2011-07-19 08:26

      Rot in hell general, and please tell that to ET too

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 11:04

    Is PW dead yet ?

      Phiwe - 2011-07-18 13:17

      Yes! I remember because on that day I went clubbing. It was awesome!

      Matt - 2011-07-18 14:01

      About 5 years ago already

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 15:19

      oh yes , he died in the wilderness !!

      Mswati - 2011-07-19 08:27

      He had a very lonely death in the wilderness