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.

  • Totman - 2011-07-18 11:04

    I have preach high and low to people to refrain from comments if they not saying there condolence with previous people's deaths like, Sisulu etc. The reason was that the once comment without condolence just insult and start a hate speech/race thing again. A lot of comments agreed. Now some of those ones are doing the same????????? Again, please refrain for your one eye practice. One man's hero is another man's enemy, but with death it became irrelevant, just memories.

      Totman - 2011-07-18 11:08

      Mend "preached" [ When previous people's death were announced ]

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:28

      Some people dont have respect for themselves, no feeling for the pain others suffer from losing a dad, husband, grandfather etc. How can we expect that they will show respect to others who lost someone. It still stays someones dad, grandfather and husband. Instead of spewing hatred, rather show respect and empathy even if you did liked the person or agreed with him/her.

  • iDubula - 2011-07-18 11:05

    Hamba Kahle Nkosi.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:31

      Ai iDubula that still stays is beautifull language to me. Hamba Kahle is just beautiful. I dont thing there is any other language that can say goodbye as beautiful like yours. Another language I loved to listen to is Fanagalo...hope I spell it correctly.

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  • Phalo - 2011-07-18 11:10

    He served his government well. He was a human being stuck in the moment. He had good qualities. In the end no matter how bad some may perceive him. He was sincere enough to warrant respect. RIP general and condolences to your family and friends.

  • Tracy Henry - 2011-07-18 11:11

    "We have, it seems, seriously diminished the value of human life and forgotten the sanctity of life." All you negative trolls need to find inner peace and happiness. How can you move forward when you are always looking back (to the past) - move on!!. There is just too much hatred and resentment. We are building this new South African for the future generation but the way this country is going - our kids will have nothing but corruption, hatred, crime and lots of ignorant people - shame!

  • Peter Molesworth - 2011-07-18 11:11

    Oi! before you go,don't you still owe me two years?

  • Verbatim - 2011-07-18 11:12

    Rus in Vrede Genl.

  • myoomsemotor - 2011-07-18 11:13

    NEWS24 please remove the comment section on this article all together. you racist A HOLES are so pathetic.......

  • myoomsemotor - 2011-07-18 11:15

    RIP Magnus, i didnt agree with your tactics but RIP anyway.....

  • Liberty - 2011-07-18 11:15

    He was probably a good father, husband and grandfather so for that I wish him to RIP. For trying to protect a flawed system of governance, no prizes for that

  • nada - 2011-07-18 11:18

    Well evil is evil . . .

      ANCockup - 2011-07-18 11:21

      Yes and there is nothing more evil than the corrupt thieving ANC that General Malan fought against.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:33

      And so are you nada. Pure evil, so evil that you cant even show respect.

      Mgayi - 2011-07-18 15:32

      @ANCockup kaak praatie !

  • BraBob - 2011-07-18 11:20

    War has 2 sides. A right side (according to the victors) and a right side (according to the losers). In time things change and history is re written by the new victors. Then the first victors are wrong. South African history is a good example of this. Many of today's generals were terrorists during the struggle. Would it then be appropriate for me to make all kinds of racist remarks when they die? I wish South Africans could just grow up and stop finding excuses for not being productive members of our country.

      prev-ABUSED - 2011-07-18 11:24

      Point of correction Sir. Todays generals were not terrorist but were made to be terrorists by the system.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-18 15:02

      I understand that the British also thought of Paul Kruger and his ragtag army as a bunch of terrorist.

  • prev-ABUSED - 2011-07-18 11:20

    R.I.P. anyway but I dont know why you died on Mandela's birthday. Go face the real judge as you ran away from our TRC

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 11:21

    Enough good news already !

      Dieter - 2011-07-18 11:57

      i agree, first that curriegat As"MAL" - good month!

  • Neil - 2011-07-18 11:22

    @News24: You can delete my comments, it will not change the Fact that 3 idiots can start a war on your site and your so called Moderators pick it up only after the damage is done. Then you delete the comments and no one has a clue what the other comments are about. Is the a product of AA? I think so. May you rest in Peace Malan.

  • dappies - 2011-07-18 11:23

    31 Battalion's brothers says RIP

      rooibaardt21 - 2011-07-18 14:35

      Hi Dappies Watter Jaar? Ek was Charlie 4 1978/79 Kraaigroete Danie

  • G-spotWizard - 2011-07-18 11:25

    I hope he believed in Jesus christ as his Lord and Savior. For it is reserved to man to live once and thereafter comes judgement.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:35

      Yep you will be judged too G. Your life aint a lilly white page exactly even if you think so

      Matt - 2011-07-18 14:04

      My thought exactly whenever someone passes on, but tja...

  • 2012 - 2011-07-18 11:26

    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.

      Hlabirwa - 2011-07-18 14:18

      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. The charges related to an attack in January 1987 on the home of Victor Ntuli, an ANC activist, in KwaMakhutha township near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. Malan and the other accused were bailed and ordered to appear in court again on December 1, 1995. A seven-month trial then ensued and brought hostility between black and white South Africans to the fore once again. All the accused were eventually acquitted. President Mandela supported the verdict and called on South Africans to respect it.[3]

  • nada - 2011-07-18 11:29

    You know, all of us on this blog can post all we want because we have access to internet, running water, proper sanitation, electricity ( when Eskom wakes up on the right side of the bed) food, clothes, warmth in winter, so its so easy for us to make all these remarks and comments.. I wish the people at grassroots level , who don't even have proper toilets and live in poverty that most of us have never felt, I wish that they could comment. Yes, he was human, yes he died . . . but dont forget those who died and no one even knew they did, to this day no one knows . . .

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:41

      Rubbish Nada as if the ANC havent killed people too and to this day their people also dont know what happened to them. Get of hour Highhorse your such a hypocrite

  • 2012 - 2011-07-18 11:32

    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.

  • - 2011-07-18 11:32

    To my General may he Rest In Peace I will always remember him a an Officer and a Gentleman of a force we could be proud of compaired to todays joke.

  • Sarie Maree - 2011-07-18 11:34

    May his soul if he has any burn in hell.

  • greyworld - 2011-07-18 11:35

    RIP.Great leader, pity he was sidelined for his race and past.

  • Eric West - 2011-07-18 11:35

    RIP, General! It was an honour to serve under you! Condolences to your family.

  • Terence - 2011-07-18 11:35

    RIP General: I didn`t agree with your politics but as a Soldier you were the best I have ever served under.If the present day SANDF leaders were only half as good as you we would not be having the problems in the Defence Force that we are currently experiencing.

  • Klein Bas - 2011-07-18 11:36

    Magnus reprented my folks in a formidable way.Unfortunatley he was loyal to evil policies which have condemed afrikaner rule to that of despots who are hated all over Africa.I carry the shame everyday about the deeds of my forefathers like Magnus and I hope he rest in peace and we never repeat the mistakes his generation brought to Africa.

  • Bluemas - 2011-07-18 11:38

    Good Riddance

  • Caz - 2011-07-18 11:39

    Ironic he dies on Mandela's Birthday!!!

  • Amelia - 2011-07-18 11:40

    Hy was 'n ware gentleman. 'n Special mens. Hy laat 'n groot spasie. Hy was meer van 'n man en 'n leier as enige van die huidige mense in politiek.

  • raspatin - 2011-07-18 11:51

    Malan,Laden,Saddam,Hitla,Stalin,Bush,Mugabe,Kim(N.Kor.),Savimbi,PW,and all those who spell Mandele must be thrown into the Arabian Sea when they die.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:43

      I hope they will throw you there too before you die. Heartless, lowlife

  • Castle Sithole - 2011-07-18 12:05

    RIP Generaal.

  • Gerrie Olivier - 2011-07-18 12:10

    Rest in peace General. It was great serving under your leadership

  • Thabs - 2011-07-18 12:17

    Forgiveness is very important. Jesus did that for us, why cant we then do the same? Its not for him but for ourselves and our beautiful country... RIP Mr Malan

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:45

      Thabs thats what most haters here forgot. That God forgive on his cross and loeads of others before he died on the cross and took one of the criminals with him to heaven. In order to get forgivness your must forgive. But SA will never have piece, theres just to much hatred.

      Mswati - 2011-07-19 12:42

      I do not believe in ferry tales

  • Bok Fan - 2011-07-18 12:18

    Malan was one of those who excelled at bureaucratising evil. He proved even better at it than those enemies of humanity the USSR and its clients whom he served to humiliate militarily. For all of those who raise their hands in holy horror at the idea of bureaucratised evil just consider its alternative. We have been having it.

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-18 12:18

    Bastards like him made sure that my upbringing will be as difficult as they can make it,sis. I may even unearth his stinking corpse and feed it to the vultures if I could,he doesn't deserve to be buried in our soil.Dump his rotten ashes in Holland I say.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-18 12:47

      tsk tsk tsk motsokwane the day you stand before God you will be judge the same way you judge now. Your corpse will be put out for dogs to be fed on. What you wish upon others will happen to you. What goes around will come around straight back to you. Mark my words. Heartless lowlife

      motsokwane - 2011-07-18 12:55

      Orcanda, you also will be judged as you judge me,what a vicious cycle.

      Lanfear - 2011-07-18 13:30

      Hmm, I agree with your sentiments motsokwane, but why Holland? He wasn't from the Netherlands you know. Besides, when you die, will you dump your own ashes [or be buried] in Central-West Africa? Where your ancestors came from? They should dump his ashes on a rubbish heap. @ Orcanda - LOL! that is all I can say to your "what goes around will come around straight back to you" comment! That is EXACTLY what is happening in this country now.

  • Don - 2011-07-18 12:19

    General, we followed you because we believed in you. I still believe in you! RIP a man amongst men!

  • Bosj - 2011-07-18 12:26

    R.I.P. General.

  • Phiwe - 2011-07-18 12:27

    bye bye!!

      Mswati - 2011-07-19 12:42

      Hamba kahle nja ndini

  • Gerrie Olivier - 2011-07-18 12:29

    myancmyfutur The lights are on but no-one is home. Go out and work for what you want.

  • - 2011-07-18 12:40

    RIP General.

  • Turkey eater - 2011-07-18 12:41

    myandmyfutur - as far as I know he was never convicted for murder or any crime for that matter - so why the condolences to him AND his so-called victims ?? but this cannot be said of a lot of the so-called current leaders

      Dilika - 2011-07-18 12:49

      That he was not convicted does not make him innocent.All it means is that he managed to evade the law and that fool Tim McNally made sure he did. But I hope his "God" judge him accordingly.

  • Malleus - 2011-07-18 12:47

    The misconceptions that this country has embraced... Madiba never renounced the armed struggle, who knows if that was the right decision or not, and his opposite number in the old government had the job of denying the objective. If we think who was more successful in the field of operations, Malan wins. If we think in terms of strategic longterm views, Madiba wins. As for myself, this country still operates in terms of zero-sum - in order for there to be a winner, there must be a loser - there is no mutually beneficial outcome operating here. And to forestall the eventuality of a black government taking power in Pretoria, young men, black and white (I saw the monument roll of honour at Klapperkop), fought for the same thing - to protect what they thought was under threat: their families and wives. And in that fight, there are casualties: usually the first one is truth, the second is justice and the rest are just by the way.

  • Malleus - 2011-07-18 12:49

    O yes, ordem ab chao

  • Neville Vizagie - 2011-07-18 13:02

    RIP General - We take solace in the fact that his soul was in heaven long before the devil knew he was dead.

  • Jan - 2011-07-18 13:02

    Interesting how many commentors think they can play God. General Malan has been elevated beyond your hate and criticism and he would have been praying for forgiveness for you who know not what you are doing.

  • brown_bread - 2011-07-18 13:14

    Good riddance, if he was an ANC corrupt thief like they all are, most of you would saying the same. Consistency please. He was no better than most of the current ANC lunatics. I say good riddance once more!

  • Eric West - 2011-07-18 13:24

    A man amongst men. RIP General! Condolences to your family.

      Mswati - 2011-07-19 12:43

      Return if possible, else rot in hell

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-18 13:37

    Which mortuary is he in, I want to play snake and ladder with his balls,if they are still there or enough to be rolled.

      bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-07-18 14:06

      Please get back to mowing my lawn boy...

      bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-07-18 14:57

      Wow thats a great comeback boy... Learn how to spell (oh wait, that would require an education)... Stop blaming the white man for all you faults and move on... The problem with you is that you expect to be given everything in life without a solid good day of work, and will continue to blame apartheid for years to come... Get over yourself please. P.S - I'm female for your information, and i manage to keep my own Brazilian just fine...

      bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-07-18 15:19

      LMAO (that means "laugh my ass off" just in case it was a bit higher grade for you)... Your intellect (or lack thereof) is certainly showing well right now... Please, go find a tree and amuse yourself, because firstly, you CLEARLY do not belong in a society with normal people, let alone on an internet blog; and secondly i do not understand STUPID.

  • gine lamb - 2011-07-18 13:37

    I hope to see all this wonderful comments when Zuma dies or any of the others leaders in our circus. What Malan did was done for the country and i can assure you the army was behind him. These comments of hatred shows that Nelson Mandela waisted 15 years on the rainbow nation asking them to unite and stand as one nation. This is why this country is not financially growing and why racism is alive and then thanks to Malema and others like him we have farmers (who must produce food) threaded with death. Now is this how we want to live in the future? Police stealing from companies.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-18 14:49

      What Nelson Mandela did was to sell black people at the altar of Intl Capital.

  • tut - 2011-07-18 13:44

    "Apartheid" Defence Minister has died as reported by both his family and NEWS 24 above? The heading itself is ambigious, subjective and clearly some biasness portrayed here by NEWS 24. Did his family really make such a statement? I never new that the "Apartheid Defence Minister was an official Ministerial position so I guess NEWS 24 owes his family an apology.