Daniel F. Malan Biography
Daniel François Malan was born in Riebeek-Wes in the Cape Colony on May 22nd 1874 and the system of apartheid was destined to become his legacy and the millstone of South Africa.
He was educated at Victoria college in the university town of Stellenbosch before finishing his studies at the University of Utrecht in Holland where he achieved a doctorate in divinity in 1905.
Daniel F. Malan's political career began with his entering parliament in 1918 and he was instrumental in gaining recognition for the Afrikaan language and establishing the South African national identity.
The state of South Africa gained full independence in 1931 by the decree of the Statute of Westminster which led to Malan spending years forming alliances based upon the Afrikaner apartheidpolicies.
Malan eventually became prime minister of South Africa when the National Party were elected to power in 1948 and so began his policy of apartheid being implemented on the nation.
Malan retired from politics in 1954 and he died aged 84 at his home in Stellenbosch on 7th February 1959.