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23 Oct 2018
10:17 am

Pik Botha to be laid to rest today

Citizen reporter

Botha served as the country’s foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era.

Former minister Pik Botha with his great-grandson Philip Adrian Arde at his home in Pretoria on April 27, 2012. Picture: Gallo Images

Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha will be laid to rest in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Botha died two weeks at the age of 86, after battling illness in hospital for a month, his son Roelof Botha confirmed.

Botha served as the country’s foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. He later served as mineral and energy affairs minister in Nelson Mandela’s government.

The Citizen earlier reported that he was considered a liberal with the bulk of his career spent defending South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation against foreign criticism.

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

(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)

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