Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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1930 – Born on the 30th of January in Pretoria located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa.
1949 – He enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch (Commerce course), but later abandoned his studies and
transferred to another school.
1953 – He graduated at University of Pretoria
1962 – He attended the Regular Command and General Staff Officers Course in the United States of America.
– He married Magrietha Johanna van der Walt.
1973 – He was appointed as Chief of the South African Army.
1976 – He was appointed as a Chief of the South African Defense Force (SADF).
1980 – He was appointed as Minister of Defense in the National Party government.
1995 – He was charged together with other former senior military officers for murdering 13 people (including
seven children) but after seven months trial in court he was acquitted.