Lesotho's relationship with South Africa during Botha's tenure

Lesotho's relationship with South Africa during Botha's tenure

In 1986 he predicted that South Africa might one day have a black president, a statement that earned him a stern rebuke from president P.W. Botha, who was no relation.

His foundation's spokesperson Theuns Eloff: "He played a huge role in worldwide relations in South Africa's global standing, but he was also one of South Africa's most reform-minded National Party Cabinet ministers".

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.

Pik Botha then served as minister of mineral and energy affairs under Mr Mandela from 1994 to 1996, when he retired from politics.

As foreign affairs minister in the cabinets of apartheid presidents BJ Vorster and PW Botha, Botha fought a losing battle to persuade the world that the policy was not a fundamental violation of human rights.

In 1985, he drafted a speech that suggested Mandela could be released from prison - which did not happen until 1990.

President Ramaphosa conveyed his condolences to family‚ friends and former colleagues of Botha.

Former President FW de Klerk has also reacted to Botha's death.

Ramaphosa said Botha would be remembered for his support for the country's transition to democracy.ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said Botha was one of few NP leaders who realised at an early stage that apartheid was wrong and a crime against humanity.

He worked to build a coalition of African states that would work with the apartheid regime, but was ultimately unsuccessful as the continent turned on the apartheid state.

He says that Botha played a pivotal role in steering the country towards democracy.

"The other one was to say the things I did say to change people's minds and to try and be a factor in the transformation that took place", Botha said.

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