Apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha dies

Apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha dies

Former Foreign affairs minister Pik Botha with his daughter Natasha Arde and great grandson Philip Adrian Arde at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on April 27, 2012. Botha celebrated his 80th birthday and his 14th wedding anniversary by inviting all his friends and family to their small holding in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 /Lisa Hnatowicz)

Although he was considered a liberal compared to other apartheid leaders, he was often associated with the government’s defence.

Former foreign minister Roelof Frederik “Pik” Botha’s son Roelof confirmed on Friday morning that his father passed away at the age of 86.

He had been admitted to hospital in Pretoria last month.

Botha served as the country’s foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. He was considered a liberal but the bulk of his career was spent defending South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation against foreign criticism.

He is not related to the late PW Botha, the contemporary National Party politician under whom he served as South Africa’s foreign minister.

He is survived by his second wife Ina, two sons, the rock musician Piet Botha and the economist Roelof Botha, along with two daughters, Anna Hertzog and artist Lien Botha.

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