Andreas Liebenberg

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Andreas Liebenberg
General Andreas 'Kat' Liebenberg.jpg
Born (1938-04-18)18 April 1938
Upington,[1] Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died 23 May 1998(1998-05-23) (aged 60)
Pretoria,[2] Gauteng, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Army
Years of service 1965-1993
Rank General
Commands held Chief of the South African Defense Force (1990-1993)
Chief of the South African Army (1985-1990)
GOC Special Forces (1982-1985)
Battles/wars Border War
Awards Order of the Star of South Africa SSAS
Southern Cross Decoration SD
South African Police Star for Outstanding Service SOE
Southern Cross Medal SM
Military Merit Medal MMM

General Andreas ('Kat') Liebenberg SSAS SD SOE SM MMM (1938–1998) was a South African military commander. He joined the army in 1955 after obtaining a BA Law degree at the University of Stellenbosch[3] and was commissioned in 1961.

Army career[edit]

In the early 1980s, he was a sector commander in the Border War in South West Africa.

He served as GOC Special Forces from 1982 to 1985, as Chief of the Army from 1985 to 1990, as Chief of Defence Force Staff for a few months in 1990, and then as Chief of the SA Defence Force from 1990 to 1993.[4] He was a member of the defence committee of the Transitional Executive Council which supervised the South African government during the final months leading up the first democratic election in 1994.

Trial[edit]

In 1995, he, former defence minister Magnus Malan, and former defence force chief General Johannes Geldenhuys were tried for murder, as a result of a military operation in which several civilians had been killed. They were all acquitted.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 133. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ Gen. Kat Liebenberg (60), ex-chief of the SA defence force, dies of cancer in Pretoria. | South African History Online
  3. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 133. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  4. ^ Fact file: Chiefs of the SANDF,past and present | DefenceWeb

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Johannes Geldenhuys
Chief of the South African Defence Force
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Georg Meiring
Preceded by
Johannes Geldenhuys
Chief of the South African Army
1985–1990
Succeeded by
Georg Meiring