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James Thomas "Jimmy" Kruger
Born: 191, Wales
Died: May 9, 1987
Cause of death:
Notable because: Known as the Himmler of Apartheid, as Minister of Justice for the apartheid regime. A deluded adopted Welsh christian, Kruger said of Stephen Biko's death in his custody 'It leaves me cold' and famously issued a banning order on the 'world' newspaper leading to the headline 'Kruger bans the World.'
Jimmy Kruger was a South African politician who rose to the position of Minister of Justice and the Police in the cabinet of Prime Minister John Vorster from 1974 to 1979. He was also President of the Senate from 1979 until 1980, when it was abolished.
Kruger was a Welsh orphan sent to South Africa during World War 11 and brought up (and renamed) by Afrikaans adoptive parents; he was part of the conservative National Party government which championed apartheid. He was responsible for the banning of Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko; when Biko died while in police custody, Kruger's response was "It leaves me cold." (A literal translation of the Afrikaans "Dit laat my koud") At first, Kruger maintained that Biko had died during a hunger strike. This account was challenged by the liberal white South African journalist Donald Woods, a personal friend of Biko. Kruger later began to recant his earlier statements, while claiming that Biko had authored pamphlets calling for "blood and body in the streets." Woods came under increasing scrutiny for his articles, and finally, following the publication of an article calling on Kruger to resign, he was banned under direct orders from Kruger. Not long afterwards, Woods and his family fled the country for a life of exile in England.
In response to international pressure, the South African government ordered an inquest to investigate the cause of Biko's death; the presiding magistrate concluded that Biko had died of brain damage caused by head injury; however, no one was held responsible for, or prosecuted for, Biko's death. Even so, it was the end of Kruger's career. Having decided that his performance had severely compromised the country's credibility abroad, the government ordered him to resign, and he lost not only his cabinet post, but his membership in the ruling party, as well. Kruger spent the rest of his life in political obscurity.
In the film Cry Freedom (1987), Kruger was portrayed by John Thaw.
In the film Goodbye Bafana (2007), Kruger was portrayed by Norman Anstey.
Susan Kruger was the amiable wife of apartheid Justice and Police minister Jimmy Kruger. The Kruger’s names would by now have been long forgotten but for two memorials;
In 1979, Jimmy named a new harbour workboat after his wife and in 1980, this became a prison boat, carrying political prisoners and warders backwards and forwards between the island prison and Cape Town.
Editorial Review: Izak de Villiers noem homself ’n “anderster” Afrikaner. Hy is ook ’n anderster predikant, een wat op direksies van maatskappye gedien het en selfs lank redakteur was van ’n vrouetydskrif (Sarie) en ’n groot Sondagkoerant (Rapport). ’n “Ryklik geskakeerde lewe” noem Etienne van Heerden dit. Uit hierdie lewe vertel hy van ver plekke en vreemde gebeure, van uiteenlopende mense, mense uit alle stande wat hy raakgeloop het. Hy vertel van sy lewenslange worsteling as Afrikaner met die politiek van sy mense, ook in
sy verse. Dit terwyl hy homself “onbeskaamd konserwatief” noem. En dan weer op ’n dag ’n sterwende Katoliek se belydenis aanhoor. Hy spaar nie sy oordele oor ander se dade nie, veral nie van politici nie, maar hy staan ook erg krities teenoor homself en skryf, soos hy self sê, “sonder hoed of handskoen”. Die resultaat is ’n kyk op ’n belangrike tydperk
in die geskiedenis, ’n anderster kyk – ook na homself en ’n lewe van kritiese deernis met mense, van ’n politieke kritikus wat Tony Leon “’n ikonoklas op sy eie manier” noem, maar
iemand wat sy mense liefhet.
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Editorial Review: Evita Bezuidenhout, still regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa, was born Evangelie Poggenpoel of humble Boer origins in the dusty Orange Free State town of Bethlehem on 28 September 1935. Illegitimate, imaginative, pretty and ambitious, she dreamt of Hollywood fame and fortune, tasting stardom in such 50s Afrikaner film classics as 'Boggel en die Akkedis' (Hunchback and the Lizard), 'Meisie van my Drome' (Girl of my Dreams) and 'Duiwelsvallei' (Devil's Valley). She married into the political Bezuidenhout Dynasty and became the demure wife of NP Member of Parliament Dr J.J. De V. Bezuidenhout and the proud mother of De Kock, Izan and Billie-Jeanne.
Power became her addiction. She wielded it in the boardroom, the kitchen and round the dinner table, becoming confidante to the flawed gods on the Boer Olympus and so shaping the course of history with her close and often unbelievable relationships with the grim-faced leaders of the day: Dr H.F. Verwoerd, B.J. Vorster, P.W. Botha and F.W. de Klerk. Hand in hand with the glamorous Evita of Pretoria was the Tallyrand of Africa, Pik Botha, her ageing Romeo and constant friend, while watching her from afar as she watched him, Nelson R. Mandela, alive today thanks to her timely interventions.
Satirical, provocative, radical and humorous, A Part Hate A Part Love will have you rolling on the floor one minute and weeping the next.
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