Former for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Pik Botha dies

Observer on Saturday - - News -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG Apartheid-era for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Pik Botha has died in his Pre­to­ria home at the age of 86, his fam­ily con­firmed yes­ter­day morn­ing.

His son, Piet Botha, who is in the band Jack Ham­mer, con­firmed to News24 that his father died peace­fully in his sleep in the early hours of the morn­ing. "His wife Ina was with him un­til the end," he said.

"He was very sick dur­ing the last three weeks and his body just couldn't take it anymore." Piet Botha added that he would al­ways re­mem­ber his father for hav­ing the abil­ity to im­me­di­ately sort out is­sues if there was any trou­ble, and that he will miss him dearly. Botha was ad­mit­ted to a Pre­to­ria hos­pi­tal in late Septem­ber. Roelof "Pik" Botha was the world's long­est-serv­ing for­eign min­is­ter. He was born in April 1932, and ac­cord­ing to SA His­tory On­line the law grad­u­ate started in the for­eign af­fairs de­part­ment in 1953.

Ap­pointed

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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