Malan served as minister of defence from 1980 to 1991, an appointment that followed a long military career -- stretching back to the 1950s --in the South African Defence Force. There, he rose through the ranks and was appointed chief of the defence force in 1976.
Malan built up a reputation as a highly competent strategist, and became one of the leading exponents of the "total onslaught" theory against South Africa. Click here to read the rest.
The following apt words are from a commentator called, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. The comment was posted on IOL News this morning:
"A good soldier was Malan. As Chief of the SADF he implemented many administrative changes that earned him great respect in military circles. (Wikipedia). He served the government of the day. Under sanctions he was responsible for commissioning the production of world class bush warfare weaponry - battle tested weaponry still in use today. He had the responsibility of trying to contain marauding terrorists of the time like Mandela’s ANC supported by their consorts like Gadaffi, Mugabe, Castro, Khrushchev, Pol Pot from flooding into SA hell bent on sabotaging everything they could (They seem to have subsequently succeeded as SA descends on its knees to oblivion.) Malan did a job and as a professional he did it well. He led good generals who succeeded in thrashing the terrs before being stopped by the politicians. Just very great sadness about all the young lives lost on both sides. I lost a brother and many friends in this all out war. What a waste. For what? - As it seems as history has shown, today’s terrorists will become tomorrow’s leaders. And the irony that he died on Mandela’s 93rd birthday. RIP General. We salute you."