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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Nyanda, Siphiwe

Nyanda was born in Soweto. In 1975 he went to East Germany and the Soviet Union for military training. He became MK Transvaal chief of staff in charge of underground structures before returning to South Africa in the late 1980s with Mac Maharaj for Operation Vula.

He became Chief of the South African National Defence Force on the retirement of General Georg Meiring in 1998.  He retired from the Defence Force in 2005.

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