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Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

4 April 2020 12:20 PM
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FF Plus founder and former defence force chief General Constand Viljoen died on Friday at the age of 86.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences to Viljoen's family, friends and associates.

The founder of the Freedom Front Plus and former head of the apartheid-era South African Defence Force died on his farm in Mpumalanga, aged 86.

General Viljoen's principal contribution was his success in demobilising conservative resistance to the transition in our country at a critical point in our history.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

His transition from a military commander to a voice in our democratic Parliament illustrated the inclusive, diverse and tolerant character of our constitutional dispensation and body politic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

The Nelson Mandela Foundation described Viljoen as "one of Nelson Mandela's most formidable political adversaries".

In the treacherous days of South Africa’s transition to democracy ultimately he chose to negotiate with Madiba, who commended him for his maturity and foresight in choosing to make peace rather than war. There developed between them a mutual respect and Madiba came to regard him as a ‘worthy South African’.

Nelson Mandela Foundation - statement

The foundation expressed the hope that the memory of Viljoen's contribution to negotiations in the 1990s would inspire South Africans to work together as the country faces the challenge of Covid-19.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa




4 April 2020 12:20 PM
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Constand Viljoen
Constand Viljoen dies

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