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Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha dies

12 October 2018 5:53 AM
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Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha dies

Apartheid-era foreign affairs minister Pik Botha has died, it was reported on Friday morning.

His son Roelof Botha, in an interview to eNCA said "he had a pretty tough life". Botha died at his home in Pretoria on Friday morning. He was 86 years old.

Botha was born in April 1932, and according to SA History Online the law graduate started in the foreign affairs department in 1953.

In April 1977, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and represented the constituency of Westdene in Johannesburg. Botha was appointed minister of mineral of energy affairs in 1994 and resigned from that post in May 1996.

Botha famously changed allegiance from the National Party to the African National Congress in 2000.


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