The United Democratic Movement Leader, Bantu Holomisa, says Pik Botha will be remembered as one that played a leading role in encouraging the National Party to end the apartheid era. The 86-year-old former politician was recently hospitalised in Pretoria for heart problems and died in the early hours of this morning. He was one of the longest serving Foreign Affairs Ministers in the last years of the apartheid government and served as Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs under former President Nelson Mandela – South Africa’s first democratically elected President. Botha retired from politics in 1996. In 2000, he announced that he would join the ANC.
For more we speak to his biographer Theresa Papenfus.