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P. W. Botha Biography 1916 – 2006


Pieter Willem Botha, DMS, commonly known as P. W. and Afrikaans: Die Groot Krokodil, was a South African politician. He served as the last prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president of South Africa from 1984 to 1989.

Botha was an outspoken opponent of black majority rule and international communism. However, his administration did make concessions towards political reform, whereas internal unrest saw widespread human rights abuses at the hands of the government.

P. W. Botha

BORN: 12 January 1916

HOME TOWN: Paul Roux, South Africa

PARENT: Hendrina Christina Botha (mother) and Pieter Willem Botha (father)

SPOUSE: Anna Elizabeth Rossouw (m. 1943; died 1997)​, Barbara Robertson ​(m. 1998)

DIED: 31 October 2006 (aged 90)

PLACE OF DEATH: Wilderness, South Africa

CHILDREN: Rossouw, Pieter Willem, Elanza, Amelia, Rozanne

OCCUPATION: Politician

NICKNAME(S): P. W. and Afrikaans

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