Constand Viljoen

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Constand Viljoen
Viljoen in 1984
Leader of the Freedom Front
In office
1 March 1994 – 26 June 2001
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byPieter Mulder
Member of Parliament
In office
PresidentNelson Mandela
Thabo Mbeki
Personal details
Constand Laubscher Viljoen

(1933-10-28)28 October 1933[1]
Standerton, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
Died3 April 2020(2020-04-03) (aged 86)
Ohrigstad, Limpopo, South Africa
Political partyFreedom Front Plus (1994–2001)
Other political
National Party (pre-1994)
Spouse(s)Christina "Ristie" Heckroodt
RelationsBraam Viljoen (twin brother)
Alma materUniversity of Pretoria
Military service
AllegianceSouth Africa
Branch/serviceSouth African Army
Years of service1956–1985
Unit4 Field Regiment
CommandsChief of the South African Defence Force
Chief of the Army
Director General Operations
South African Army College
School of Artillery
Battles/warsSouth African Border War
Operation Savannah
AwardsStar of South Africa
Southern Cross Decoration
South African Police Star for Outstanding Service
Southern Cross Medal
Military Merit Medal
Order of the Cloud and Banner with Grand Cordon (China)

General Constand Laubscher Viljoen (28 October 1933 – 3 April 2020) was a South African military commander and politician. From 1994 to 2001, he was a Member of Parliament.

He co-founded the Afrikaner Volksfront (Afrikaner People's Front) and later founded the Freedom Front (now Freedom Front Plus).[2] He was known for stopping armed violence by white South Africans during the post-apartheid general elections.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Viljoen, Constand Laubscher – The O'Malley Archives
  2. "The who, why and what of South Africa's minority Afrikaner party". The Conversation. 3 April 2020. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  3. "Gen. Constand Viljoen". Boerevolkstaat. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2014.