For­mer min­is­ter Pik Botha dies

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

THE death of for­mer for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Pik Botha this week was met with mixed re­ac­tions from South Africans, with some la­belling him a de­fender of apartheid and oth­ers hail­ing the role he played in the tran­si­tion from the op­pres­sive regime to a demo­cratic South Africa.

Botha died at his Pre­to­ria home at the age of 86 af­ter a long ill­ness.

He had been hos­pi­talised to­wards the end of last month, al­though no rea­son was given.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa said the man who was part of the Na­tional Party would be re­mem­bered for his sup­port for this coun­try’s lib­er­a­tion and for his ser­vice in the first demo­cratic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Botha served as the min­is­ter of min­eral and en­ergy af­fairs in Nel­son Man­dela’s Cabi­net be­tween 1994 and 1996.

THE death of apartheid South Africa’s for­mer for­eign min­is­ter, Pik Botha, must re­mind South Africans to re­claim the vi­sion of a united, demo­cratic, non-racial, non-sex­ist, peace­ful and pros­per­ous coun­try while draw­ing lessons from the mis­takes of the past, the South African Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) said yes­ter­day.

“While he can­not be cel­e­brated as a uni­fier and lib­er­a­tor, he will al­ways be re­mem­bered as one of the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures that served the apartheid Na­tional Party govern­ment,” said Sanco na­tional spokesper­son Jabu Mahlangu.

Botha died in Pre­to­ria this week at the age of 86.

Mahlangu said Botha had ac­knowl­edged, in the twi­light of his ca­reer as a politi­cian, that the new con­sti­tu­tional dis­pen­sa­tion could not bring about na­tional unity and last­ing peace un­less there was a de­lib­er­ate ef­fort to re­dress his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices and past atroc­i­ties. | African News Agency (ANA)

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