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Old 13th Oct 2018, 22:22
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bnt
 
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Just reading that Roelof "Pik" Botha has died at the age of 86. He had been Minister of Foreign Affairs under P.W. Botha (no relation) and F.W. de Klerk, similar to Foreign Secretary or Secretary of State, after a stint as Ambassador to the UN. He had some fairly substantial disagreements with official Apartheid policy, thought much of it was petty ("I'm not going to die for a sign in a lift") and was considered "too liberal" to be PM himself. He could be called the architect of the peaceful dismantling of Apartheid, including the release of Nelson Mandela, which he pushed for in 1985. He never joined the ANC, though, and strongly criticised their "affirmative action" policies in later years. Between them, the Washington Post and Guardian obituaries have some good coverage.
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