South Africa's President, John Vorster, resigned on Monday (4 June) after being implicated in the country's biggest-ever political scandal.
South Africa's President, John Vorster, resigned on Monday (4 June) after being implicated in the country's biggest-ever political scandal. A report by the Erasmus Commission, which had been investigating the misuse of funds by the government's information department, criticised Mr. Vorster for covering up the affair.
SYNOPSIS: The third report of the commission was published in Cape Town on Monday after a number of copies had been leaked. Publication hadn't been intended until later in the week, but the unofficial leads brought mounting pressure on the government. Earlier reports had exonerated Mr. Vorster, but the latest blamed him for his part in the affair before he resigned as Prime Minister. He stepped down because of ill health last October at the age of 63 after twelve years in office.
According to the Erasmus Report, millions of Rands were misused in trying to buy foreign newspapers to improve South Africa's image abroad. But before he resigned, Mr. Vorster was still insisting that his cabinet had no knowledge of the way government money was being spent.