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

Last Friday saw the passing of one of apartheid’s most famous ministers, Pik Botha. 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 of Foreign Affairs, a post …

The 1992 Referendum

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 …