Images of BJ Vorster (13 December 1915 – 10 September 1983) who was the 8th Prime Minister and 6th State President of South Africa. He became Prime Minister on 13 September 1966 after Verwoerd’s assassination. He relinquished the position after he was implicated in the Muldergate/Information scandal, named after Dr Connie Mulder, then Minister of Information. Vorster was implicated in the use of a secret slush-fund to buy loyalty of the English newspaper The Citizen. The Erasmus Commission of Inquiry revealed that Vorster knew about corrupt activities in the Department of Information but preferred to turn a blind eye. He resigned from his position as State President on 04 June 1979 in disgrace. Ill health and the on-going exposure of the ‘Information Scandal’ were cited as reasons for his departure. (sahistory.org.za)
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