State President John Vorster

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Balthazar Johannes Vorster

Also Known As: "John", "Oom John"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Jamestown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: September 10, 1983 (67)
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Kareedouw, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Carel Vorster and Elizabeth Sophia Vorster
Husband of Martini Steyn Malan
Father of Elizabeth Kolver; Willem Carl Vorster and Pieter Andries Vorster
Brother of Johanna Wepener Botha; Susanna Catharina Elisabeth Arnold; Olof Abraham Vorster; Johannes Wagenaar Vorster; Willem Karel Vorster and 9 others

Occupation: Politician and Statesman
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About State President John Vorster

Balthazar Johannes Vorster (13 December 1915 - 10 September 1983), better known as John Vorster, served as the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1966 to 1978 and as the fourth State President of South Africa from 1978 to 1979. While known for his adherence to apartheid, he nevertheless concluded a more pragmatic foreign policy than his predecessors, in an effort to improve relations between the white minority government and South Africa's neighbours.

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State President John Vorster's Timeline

December 13, 1915
Jamestown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 17, 1945
Age 29
January 22, 1950
Age 34
Brakpan, East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa
December 20, 1951
Age 36
- 1961
Age 37
House of Assembly
- 1966
Age 45
South African Government
September 13, 1966
- September 29, 1978
Age 50
South African Government
October 10, 1978
- June 4, 1979
Age 62
South African Government
September 10, 1983
Age 67
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa