Ex-S. African FM Botha dies:
Former South African foreign minister Roelof “Pik” Botha, whose long career in government straddled both the apartheid era and the presidency of Nelson Mandela, has died aged 86, his son said Friday.
Botha served as foreign minister for 17 years until the end of apartheid in 1994, and then joined Mandela’s cabinet after the end of white-minority rule and the country’s first non-racial election in 1994.
“As you know, originally we were enemies,” Botha told the BBC in 2013.
“From our point of view, (Mandela) led an organization which we regarded as a terrorist organisation, and they saw themselves as freedom fighters.
“Of course all that had to change. It is not always that simple and easy to change mental attitudes (and) mindsets but eventually it did change. He played the role of a saviour.” (AFP)