Malan's ashes to Voortrekker Monument

2011-07-19 21:31

Cape Town - Apartheid-era defence minister Magnus Malan's funeral service will be held on Saturday and his ashes will be placed at the Voortrekker Monument at a later date, his family said on Tuesday.

Family friend and former colleague General Gert Opperman said Saturday's service in Welgemoed north of Cape Town would be followed by a memorial service in Lynnwood in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Opperman said military veterans who attended either service were welcome to come in uniform.

Malan's family would later place his ashes in the memorial garden at the Voortrekker Monument in a private ceremony, he said.

Malan died on Monday at the age of 81.

He served as minister of defence from 1980 to 1991, an appointment that followed a long military career - stretching back to the 1950s - in the SA Defence Force.

He built up a reputation as a highly competent strategist, and became one of the leading exponents of the "total onslaught" theory against apartheid South Africa.

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