Pik Botha has died at the age of 86

Apartheid-era Foreign Affairs Minister Pik Botha has died at the age of 86.

He passed away at a Pretoria hospital on Thursday night.

He served as Foreign Affairs minister in the last years of the apartheid government and served as Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs under Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president.

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Veteran journalist, author and columnist, Max Du Preez, says Botha was almost a larger than life, jovial figure.

A very strong personality, big presence and always full of jokes. He was a hard party man but also a hard-partying man and played a big role inside the party in the National Party politics and the more progressive members of the National Party rallied behind him.

Max Du Preez, Veteran Journalist, Author and Columnist

He adds that Botha's major contribution was in foreign affairs especially in the region where he was instrumental in making peace in Angola and delivering interference in Namibia.

Listen below to hear Du Preez memories on Botha:


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