Andreas Liebenberg

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Andreas Liebenberg
SSASSDSOESMMMM
General Andreas 'Kat' Liebenberg.jpg
Born (1938-04-18)18 April 1938[1]
Upington,[2] Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died 23 May 1998(1998-05-23) (aged 60)
Pretoria,[3] Gauteng, South Africa
Allegiance  Republic of 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
Spouse(s) Helena Johanna (Crafford)[4]

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[2] and was commissioned in 1961.

Army career[edit]

He was posted to London as a military attache in 1969.[5]:25 In 1972 he returned from London to become second in command of the Army Gymnasium. Two years later he was back at Army Headquarters as a Staff Officer before becoming Director Infantry, and in December 1977, as a colonel, Officer Commanding 2 Military Area (later called Sector 10) at Oshakati.[5] He stayed there till January 1980, when he became Director of Operations at Army Headquarters in the rank of Brigadier.[5]

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,[6] and then as Chief of the SADF from 1990 to 1993.[7] 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, General Magnus Malan, and former defence force chief, General Jannie Geldenhuys were tried for murder, as a result of a military operation in which several civilians had been killed. They were all acquitted.

Awards and Decorations[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andreas Jacobus (Kat) Liebenberg, former head of the SA Defence Force, is born.". sahistory.org.za. SA History Online. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 133. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  3. ^ "Gen. Kat Liebenberg (60), ex-chief of the SA defence force, dies of cancer in Pretoria". SAHO. South African History Online. 23 May 1998. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Liebenberg word nuwe hoof van Weermag" (in Afrikaans). Die Burger. 28 July 1990. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "The SADF: Supplement to the Financial Mail" (PDF). Financial Mail. July 1987. 
  6. ^ "Meiring kry bevel van leër". Die Burger. March 1, 1990. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ 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
Ian Gleeson
Chief of Defence Force Staff
1990
Succeeded by
Marthinus Bekker
Preceded by
Johannes Geldenhuys
Chief of the South African Army
1985 – 1990
Succeeded by
Georg Meiring
Preceded by
Maj Gen Fritz Loots
GOC South African Special Forces
1982 – 1985
Succeeded by
Maj Gen Joep Joubert