Tag Archives: National Party

Pik Botha: 27th April 1932 – 12th October 2018

Pik Botha, former South African foreign minister, listens to questions from members of the TRC (truth and reconciliation commission) 14 October at hearings in Johannesburg. Botha, once the world longest-serving foreign minister, was a member of the State Security Council, the inner sanctum of apartheid's security apparatus devised to combat anti apartheid liberation movements and suspected of links to the killings of political activists. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN / AFP)

Last Friday saw the passing of one of apartheid’s most famous ministers, Pik Botha. A younger Pik Botha, 1977 Roelof Frederik Botha, nicknamed ‘Pik’ (the diminutive of pikkewyn – a reference to the his perceived likeness in stance to that of a penguin), had an illustrious political career, but is most famous as South Africa’s longest serving Minister […]

The 1992 Referendum

FW de Klerk poses outside his office, March 18, 1992

Last week South Africa celebrated Freedom day, commemorating the first non-racial post-apartheid elections held on the 27th April 1994. It seems strange to think that there was ever a time when suffrage was not extended to all South Africans, that a mere 23 years ago, people of colour were not allowed to cast their vote. It seems even stranger […]