Former apartheid-era minister Adriaan Vlok has died

Publié le par The South African by Corné van Zyl

Former apartheid-era Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok died on Sunday at the age of 85 following a short illness.

Former apartheid-era minister Adriaan Vlok has died Photo: Neels Jackson/ Kerkbode

Former apartheid-era minister Adriaan Vlok has died Photo: Neels Jackson/ Kerkbode

Former apartheid-era Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok died on Sunday at Unitas Hospital in Centurion.

FORMER APARTHEID-ERA MINISTER ADRIAAN VLOK DIED ON SUNDAY

According to reports, Vlok passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning at the age of 85 following a short illness.

He is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Family spokesperson Peet Bothma reportedly said funeral arrangements were being made and would be communicated.

HE DIED AT THE AGE OF 85 AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS

Vlok played a key role in enforcing the racist system of apartheid, with police running hit squads that kidnapped, tortured, and murdered activists.

He was minister of law and order from 1986 to 1991.

In its profile of him, South Africa History Online says his ministry was responsible for the detention of about 30,000 people as it tried to suppress the revolt against white minority rule.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE AND WILL BE COMMUNICATED

He confessed to some of his crimes after apartheid ended in 1994 and was granted amnesty.

Vlok also washed prominent anti-apartheid cleric Rev Frank Chikane’s feet in 2006 in a gesture of contrition.

Rev Chikane had survived an attempt by police to poison him to death in 1989.

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