Pik Botha has died

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Roelof Fred­erik “Pik” Botha has died aged 86. He was the long-serv­ing last for­eign min­is­ter of apartheid-era South Africa from 1977 un­til 1994, and re­garded at home and abroad as a mod­er­at­ing in­flu­ence on suc­ces­sive Na­tional Party pres­i­dents. Botha hit the head­lines in 1986 when he earned a stern tick­ing-off from Pres­i­dent PW Botha (no re­la­tion) af­ter telling western diplo­mats South Africa might one day have a black pres­i­dent.

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