Obituary

Constand Viljoen: General who plotted a coup but was seduced by Mandela

05 April 2020 - 00:00 By Chris Barron

Gen Constand Viljoen, who has died on his farm near Ohrigstad at the age of 86, was a former chief of the South African Defence Force (SADF) who came frighteningly close to staging a coup against the FW de Klerk government in order to halt the peace process and prevent the 1994 democratic elections.

He believed the ANC was still pursuing a revolutionary agenda and that De Klerk was caving in to their demands and had to be stopped...

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