Zuma: Magnus Malan helped with change

2011-07-18 22:08

Cape Town - Former apartheid defence minister Magnus Malan, who died on Monday morning, helped in leading the military through the changes that took place in the country, President Jacob Zuma said.

According to an SABC report, Zuma described Malan "as a man who served South Africa in his own particular way".

It said the president had sent his condolences to Malan's family.

Malan, 81, died of heart failure at his home in Durbanville, Cape Town.

A family spokesperson said he had been ill for "quite some time" and his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks.

Also on Monday, the African National Congress said it had noted news of Malan's death.

"[It] marks the end of an era in South Africa's history of transition from the tyranny of apartheid to constitutional democracy, with Malan having ultimately accepted the need for change in the country.

"We send our condolences to his family, relatives and friends," the ruling party said in a statement.

Malan served as defence minister from 1980 to 1991.

  • brok3news - 2011-07-18 22:20

    Fair play

      SirMark - 2011-07-19 08:43

      @siya.block(head) .. of all the things you have lost , I am sure you miss your mind the most .

      siya.block - 2011-07-19 08:56

      Thanks to Malan

      Pieter - 2011-07-19 09:09

      Yes Siya, attack his dead body because you are too weak and pitiful to do it when he is still alive and able to defend himself. Your hatred is borderline animalistic.

      Mgayi - 2011-07-19 09:16

      @siya.block Are you related to John Block ?

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-19 10:27

      Let me guess siya. You're 18 years old and can't even spell the word 'struggle' but you've been brainwashed your whole life to hate anything white?

  • TamaraSays - 2011-07-18 22:28

    Well done ANC. You took what I was trying to say to heart. You don't need to glorify anyone who served under the apartheid government, but do respect their family.

      thinker - 2011-07-18 22:44

      Agree, respect goes along way

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-19 08:42

      Siya, did you read what I said (I suspect you didn't.) Try again, then comment.

      Pieter - 2011-07-19 09:10

      Siya, Mandela ordered bombing that killed hundreds of people. You are a hypocrit. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

      buzz - 2011-07-19 09:12

      Respectfully Tamara, I doubt the ANC read what you had to say, nor would they have changed their minds had they read it. Thats a tad egostistical. However, your article was good and the way you stuck around to answer comments was good.

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-19 09:51

      I don't think they did Buzz - I just think that for once, we have the same idea. @Siya, if you READ what I said, it says: You don't need to glorify anyone who served under the apartheid goverment, but do respect their family. Did your parents never teach you any manners? Shame.

      WhiteGuiltObviously - 2011-07-19 10:19

      We do not hsve to respect their family either, people have the right to heal as they choose. Politically correct points of view dont heal the hurt, honest expression does.

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-18 22:46


      Spartan - 2011-07-19 07:00

      Lauren, the question you should ask is how many lives he saved. Did you know that the SADF military was one of the best units in the world during his reign? That it included black and white soldiers? Tell me, how many illegal aliens that rape, murder and steal crossed our borders during that period? SADF aside, during that period, could the Nigerians sell cocaine on the streets - to teenagers - like they were selling news papers? It is because of people like Magnus Malan and soldiers during that period that you have the luxury to write nonsense like you just did. Freedom isn't Free.

      Louis C - 2011-07-19 07:11

      @Spartan - THANKS! This is a great comment.

      PDP - 2011-07-19 08:19

      @Lauren, get over yourself!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-19 08:24

      @SPARTAN....Yes. Great comment. Well said.

      redrobot - 2011-07-19 08:47

      Yes Spartan, I agree with everything you said and you might add that if it wasn't for him this country would be overrun with Angolan/APLA terrorists, but I'm sure Lauren have no idea of what that part of our SA history entails.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-07-18 22:54

    Mr. Zuma, what an extremely nice and graceful gesture from your side! This is an example of the conciliatory leadership that seems to have gone AWOL in RSA (from both the Black and White populist movements) since the retirement of Mr. Mandela. Judging by this gesture of yours and the type of leadership that may well follow you, you may just be the last leader that can turn the ill tide in RSA. I wish we could see more of this kind of reaching out to other groups in RSA

      Liberty - 2011-07-19 04:09

      @karoobloed I totally agree, but we must remember that it goes both ways. There were some very nasty things posted when Albirtinia Sisulu died.

      Karoobloed - 2011-07-19 08:34

      Agreed Liberty. May the bigoted fools that slandered Ms. Sisulu rot in a very hot place one day.

      SirMark - 2011-07-19 09:03

      @siya.block .. by your reason or lack of it , mandela is also a murderer and so are most of the ANC`s top dogs so seeing that Mr Malan has passed you can start by hanging the other murderers like mandela and the other ANC scum so long .

      Neil - 2011-07-19 10:04

      @SiyaBlock: And how many of your brothers would have been hung? The ANC even over populate prison.

  • el_namibian - 2011-07-18 23:04

    for a freedom fighter in namibia we won the war against apartheid listening to "GUNSMOKER ", fought long it was brutal and long to bad some criminals where never bought to justice today i listen to gunsmoker

  • Eric West - 2011-07-18 23:07

    So, Zuma, when is the official state funeral and the period of mourning and the flags at half mast? Or, is this privilege nowadays only reserved for ex terrorist?

      Janniel - 2011-07-19 07:28

      @Lauren: Who's daft? Did you read, or just scanned? If fact, have you been in SA at all in the past 17 years? Do you know absolutely nothing? Have you not seen the deception and tyranny towards all South Africans by the ANC? Are you living in your own little world? WAKE UP! The sooner the better. The ANC forgot to get rid of the terrorists they used to end apartheid..

      Blikkies - 2011-07-19 08:18

      @Lauren: your an idiot! did you ever think where you would have been, where our country would have been was it not for the battles fought on our borders? It would have been communist Cuba by now! and you would probably be aa hooker!!!!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-19 08:28

      Howzit Eric. True that. People like Malan had more integrety in one finger, then many of this lot today have in their bodies.

      Karoobloed - 2011-07-19 08:40

      Lauren you are soaring in a plane high above the trolls that just do not get it.

      siya.block - 2011-07-19 08:59

      in you dreams Eric

      buzz - 2011-07-19 09:18

      Lauren it seems you know very little of our border war in Angola and even less about the old SADF. I believe that in that context, you should not comment. Maybe whites were advantaged in apartheid days, but we paid for that during our military service, something we did not want to do, and something which cost many young men their lives and limbs. Sure, we could have resisted, but that was an automatic six years jail - most went for the lesser of the two evils. The SADF was never about fighting with black people, never. Um, that woulda been kinda stupid you know? Read up on that maybe...

      Fedup - 2011-07-19 10:10

      The flags are at half mast at Siya.blocks house !!!!!

  • dregdevilliers - 2011-07-18 23:14

    Another mass murderer like Manto passes..Hope we all learn from their mistakes and improve the New South Africa rather then let hate,ignorance and greed rule our minds!Lets let Madiba's legacy continue and try to live our lives with hope and love for our fellow men and woman.Together we are much mightier then alone.

      Lauren - 2011-07-19 00:07

      Awesome, de Villiers. We can only hope.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-19 08:24

      Well said...Together WE can.

      Neil - 2011-07-19 09:32

      @Siya: Oh shut up you idiot, in the morgue (Obviously) And you think with a heart like that you will enter heaven?

  • Blinkpens - 2011-07-18 23:42

    Generaal Malan was n uitsonderlikke soldaat. Sy vyande het hom gehaat!!!Dis uiterse swak smaak om nou nadat hy oorlede is hom as persoon aanteval. Hoekom het julle solank stilgebly terwyl hy nog gelewe het? Klomp papbroekke!!! Julle kon hom nie aanspreuk terwyl hy gesond was nie ne? Slapgatte!!!!

      Andrew - 2011-07-19 02:47

      I’m sorry Lauren, your comments about Genl. Malan are completely uncalled for. Asking questions whether “how you can rest in peace with so much blood on your hands” and “I have to wonder what he thought of it all in his dying moments” is despicable, how do you know he was not at peace when he died, there is a thing called forgiveness. I wonder what you would say if someone asked that about one of your close family members?

      Spartan - 2011-07-19 07:09

      Andrew, people like Lauren don't comprehend the efforts of the past, and like oblivious entities speak of things they shouldn't. Just like Hitler wasn't the architect for the Final Solution, neither was Malan for Apartheid. By the way Lauren, who is the financial leader in Europe? Germany.

  • StBad - 2011-07-19 00:51

    Wow, a scholar and a gentleman Mr. Zuma...

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-19 08:31

      Oh please man...You think Zuma is sincere in his statement regarding the General. Scholar & a gentlemen indeed !!!! More like a rouge & a scoundral.

  • Dicta - 2011-07-19 07:16

    First, condolences to the family. "[It] marks the end of an era in South Africa's history of transition ..." Does this mean, since it is an official ANC statement, that after 17 years they will stop using aprtheid as a scapegoat for everything??

  • Janniel - 2011-07-19 07:23

    Democracy my ass

  • X-ray3 - 2011-07-19 07:43

    What most people don’t understand, or forget, is that the SADF, as well as units from France, the UK and USA was involved in a “cold war” war, mostly in Angola. A war very similar to what happened in Vietnam and Korea, under certain UN sanctioned mandates, fighting operatives and Cuban soldiers with Soviet backing and support. If the SADF, under leadership of General Malan did not fight that war, and many young white, black and coloured men serving in the SADF did not die in this war, for their country, keeping Soviet Communist expansion at bay until the fall of the Berlin wall and the so-called “end” of communism, not even a an ANC lead government as we have today would have been possible. South Africa, and southern Africa would have been a very different place today. Go and Read General Malan, as well as other Generals involved in that war books, and maybe things will clear up a bit.

      Spartan - 2011-07-19 07:55

      Great factual comment.

  • Jay - 2011-07-19 08:09

    This is the first time in my life I am going to give a compliment to Zuma... but the fact that he not only bothered to say something about Malan, never mind made the effort to say something good about him, is very much in the spirit of Madiba. I would not have been able to say anything other than "good riddance" if the person behind some of the most dispicable crimes committed against my family, friends and countrymen passed away... So very big of you Zuma for looking for the one good thing he did.

  • anna - 2011-07-19 08:16

    Anyone heard Gareth Cliff's comments this morning about Malan's death? What a hypocrite!

      redrobot - 2011-07-19 08:59

      Yes, I did and I cringe to think that a public personality like that tool could be so uninformed. I never really liked him, but this morning was just the last straw from an obvious idiot like him. I think I should send him a bit of info on the history of SA so that he can show more appreciation for his current freedom.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-19 08:23

    WOW...JZ got us all agreeing for a change...Great stuff ! There may be light at the end of the tunnel after all...

  • 1eye - 2011-07-19 08:27

    @ Lauren If your trying to compare the Nats with the Nazi's then perhaps Malan should be remembered as the Rommel of the Nats. Girlie if it was not for his military leadship you would be speaking Cuban babe, selling your body for a meal

  • mzanzirules - 2011-07-19 09:44

    @Sibiya.block. --- Dude Magnus Malan was no saint and I guess he did what he was ordered to do at the time, he is gone now but I have a question for you. I'd like you to research all casualties during his reign as Minister of defence. In the same breath please also research the casualties inside the MK camps and report back the difference. Also check who was in charge of MK then.... Instead of making hateful comments for once do something for you and ask where all those cadres disappeared to? Who killed them? You might just see things in a very different light.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-19 10:45

    Good work Mr Zuma, at least its put to rest all the racial remarks from certain commentors in a previous column. I do think that many of the previous government officials resigned themselves to change, they were also part of a government who had laid down laws that had to be abided by just like the government of the day. Governments make laws that suit themselves for the future and not the people of the country.Just think of Mr Zumas feeling about Ghaddaffi, if he agrees with USA and UK about ousting Ghaddaffi, then he or any other presiden in Africa will have the same done to them under the same circumstances.Governments are actually evil.

  • StoneAngel - 2011-07-19 14:23

    I met General Malan by chance at a small meeting , with civilians only, in the late 70's - I asked him off the record (at tea) how he saw the future of South Africa - his words - " If only we can hang on till there are enough blacks who can run the country properly we will all have a future" - I wonder what he had to say in the recent past with what has been going on since Mandela retired?

  • tarnoldmashao - 2011-07-19 22:54

    I wish people both black and white will stop this racial insults about the late General M. Malan there were mistakes on both sides he is not a saint, in any war there is collateral damage this is a man who defended what he thought was right lets move on and embrace our now democracy with its flaws and learn from our mistakes when are we going to out grow the color of our skin and think of ourselves as South Africans NOT black or white may his soul rest in peace

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