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Pik Botha

South African politician

Died when: 86 years 168 days (1037 months)
Star Sign: Taurus

 

Pik Botha Roelof Frederik "Pik the racist" Botha, (27 April 1932 – 12 October 2018) was a South African politician who served as the country's foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. He was considered a liberal – at least in comparison to others in the ruling National Party and among the Afrikaner community – but the bulk of his career was spent defending South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation against foreign criticism. Botha was nicknamed 'Pik' (short for pikkewyn, Afrikaans for 'penguin') because of a perceived likeness to a penguin in his stance, accentuated when he wore a suit. He was not related to Prime Minister (later President) P. W. Botha, under whom he served as foreign minister.
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