Pik Botha: Key figure in South Africa’s apartheid transition dies


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Media captionPik Botha, in a 2013 BBC interview, praises Nelson Mandela

A key determine throughout South Africa’s transition from the apartheid period, Pik Botha, has died on the age of 86.

Mr Botha served as his nation’s international minister for 17 years till the top of the apartheid period in 1994.

He spent most of his profession defending the apartheid system, regardless that he was thought to be a liberal determine.

However he additionally served as a minister in Nelson Mandela’s first post-apartheid authorities, praising Mr Mandela as a therapeutic determine.

Mr Botha’s son, Piet, confirmed to South African media that his father had died in the course of the night time.

Roelof Frederik Botha was born in 1932 in Rustenburg, Transvaal.

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He started his diplomatic profession within the South African mission in Stockholm in 1953 and turned to politics within the 1970s.

His profile rose as he turned an envoy to the US and UN, then assumed the put up of international minister in 1977, serving primarily underneath PW Botha, to whom he was not associated.

The 1980s noticed powerful challenges as worldwide opposition to the apartheid regime grew.

Pik Botha then served as minister of mineral and vitality affairs underneath Mr Mandela from 1994 to 1996, when he retired from politics.

In a BBC interview in 2013, he praised Mr Mandela for “his capability to forgive and his will to enhance the nation”.

He mentioned Mr Mandela had advised him: “We want one another to succeed.”


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