By Fungai Maboreke, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
Former apartheid-era defense minister Magnus Malan, who led the resistance to Black rule, died at his home on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday. He was 81.
The notorious General Malan viewed domestic and foreign threats to South Africa as a "total onslaught" against the white-minority regime that could only be answered with a "total solution" that included bombing southern African countries that opposed apartheid.
Malan and his "securocrats" in the police and army sent troops in South Africa's townships to violently repress anti-government riots in the 1980s, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency in 1986.
He also launched bloody raids against African National Congress bases in neighboring countries, and joined with rebels in Angola to fight Cuban troops aligned with the government in Luanda.
In 1995, Malan and 19 other top military brass were charged with the murder of 13 people, seven of them children, in what was called the KwaMakhutha massacre in 1987, and the creation of hit squads.
After seven months, the court voted to acquit, finding the apartheid government had paid vigilantes of the Inkatha Freedom Party for the killings. No link to Malan was proved.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, three children and nine grandchildren.
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