Alwyn Schlebusch

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Alwyn Louis Schlebusch
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Vice State President of South Africa
In office
1 January 1981 – 14 September 1984
President Marais Viljoen
Prime Minister P. W. Botha
Personal details
Born (1917-09-16)16 September 1917
Lady Grey, Eastern Cape
Died 7 January 2008(2008-01-07) (aged 90)
Pretoria
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Isabel
Children 4
Religion Dutch Reformed
Alwyn Schlebusch's coat of arms (1971)

Alwyn Louis[1] Schlebusch (16 September 1917 – 7 January 2008) was the only holder of the title Vice State President of South Africa from 1 January 1981 to 14 September 1984. He was an Afrikaner with a surname of German origin. He was born in Lady Grey, Eastern Cape[2]

Schlebusch was appointed chair of the eponymous Schlebusch Commission[3] in 1972, which had the power to cut foreign funding and seize the assets of anti-apartheid organizations, such as the Christian Institute of Southern Africa.[4]

The position of Vice State President was created when the Senate was abolished in 1981. During his tenure, Schlebusch chaired the President's Council, which advised on the creation of a new constitution. The post was abolished when the new constitution came into effect, replacing the ceremonial post of State President with an executive State President.[5]

Before holding the post, Schlebusch was mayor of Hennenman in the 1940s, Member of Parliament for Kroonstad from 1962–1980, Minister of Public Works and Immigration in 1976, and Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs in 1979.

Subsequently, he held the position of Minister in the Office of the President in 1986. He died on 7 January 2008. He was survived by a son and two daughters, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. His wife, Isabel, died in 1996 of cancer. She founded the "Toktokkie" cancer campaign in South Africa.[6]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Hilgard Muller
Chancellor of the University of Pretoria
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Anton Rupert