Pik Botha dies

08:28 (GMT+2) Fri, 12 Oct 2018
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The former Minister of Foreign affairs during the apartheid era, Pik Botha, has died.

Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha was 86-years-old.

UDM President Bantu Holomisa took to Twitter on Friday morning to share his condolences.

He says Botha played his role during the apartheid era where he put pressure on the old administration to change for the better.

Holomisa also shared his condolences with Botha's wife and his four children.

Botha served as foreign affairs minister in the last years of the apartheid government and as minister of mineral and energy affairs under former president Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president.  

He retired from politics in 1996 when the National Party withdrew from the government of national unity. In 2000, he announced that he would join the governing African National Congress (ANC).

He was considered a liberal in his National Party and was severely reprimanded by then president P.W Botha for having said in 1986 that a black president may one day rule South Africa. He served as ambassador to the United Nations and the United States in the mid-1970s.

- African News Agency (ANA)