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P. W. Botha

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Botha in 1962
State President of South Africa
In office
3 September 1984 (1984-09-03) – 15 August 1989 (1989-08-15)
Acting until 14 September 1984
Preceded by Marais Viljoen
Succeeded by Frederik Willem de Klerk
Prime Minister of South Africa
In office
9 October 1978 (1978-10-09) – 14 September 1984 (1984-09-14)
President Marais Viljoen
Balthazar Johannes Vorster
Marais Viljoen
Preceded by Balthazar Johannes Vorster
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Pieter Willem Botha

(1916-01-12)12 January 1916
Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, Union of South Africa
Died 31 October 2006(2006-10-31) (aged 90)
Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Elize Botha
(1943-1997) (her death)
Barbara Robertson
(1998-2006) (his death)
Children Rossouw, Pieter Willem, Elanza, Amelia, Rozanne
Profession Politician

Pieter Willem Botha (12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006) was a South African politician. He is commonly known as P. W. Botha, and often called Die Groot Krokodil (which translates to The Great Crocodile).

Botha was the last Prime Minister of the country. In 1984 the office was abolished. After that he served as the first State President. During his political career, he was an opponent of Majority rule and Communism.

When he was first elected to parliament in 1948, he was against black majority rule. In 1992, there was a referendum to allow black majority rule. In that referendum, Botha campaigned for the No vote. Botha supported apartheid throughout his life.

In 2006, Botha died of a heart attack, aged 90.

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