Pik Botha Biography – Pik Botha Wiki
Pik Botha born Roelof Frederik Botha, was a South African Diplomat and politician who served as South Africa’s foreign minister for 17 years until the end of the apartheid era in 1994.
Botha attended Paul Kruger Primary School and then attended the Hoer Volkskool, Potchefstroom. He completed his B.A. LL.B at the University of Pretoria.
In February 1953, he joined the South African Department of Foreign Affairs. In June 1956 he was transferred to the South African Mission in Stockholm, Sweden, as third secretary, and in January 1960, he moved on to the South African Embassy in Cologne, West Germany. Following his transfer back to Pretoria in January 1963 he became a member of the South African legal team in the South West African case (Ethiopia and Liberia vs South Africa) at the international Court of Justice, The Hague, from 1963-66. He represented the South African Government as Agent in the case from 1965-66 and it was at this time that he first became publicly known in South Africa.
Botha was appointed Law Adviser of the Department of Foreign Affairs in February 1966, and between 1966 and 1974 attended seven sessions of the United Nations General Assembly as a member of the South African delegation. As a Member of Parliament, he served on a number of special committees, including the Committee of Public Accounts from 1970-74.
In 1970, he joined politics and on 22 April 1970 he won the Wonderboom seat for the National Party, and held it again in 1974. As a Member of Parliament, he served on a number of special committees, including the Committee of Public Accounts from 1970-74.
In 1975 Botha was appointed South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the USA, combining this post with that of permanent representative at the United Nations.
In April 1977 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and in the same year became Member of Parliament for Westdene.
In March 1980 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Information. In 1978 Pik Botha stood as a candidate for the premiership in a move to block Dr Connie Mulder, P.W. Botha became Prime Minister.
In 1987 Botha was the Deputy Leader of the National Party in the Transvaal and served on the Board of Governors of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Botha was appointed Minister of Mineral of Energy Affairs in 1994. He resigned from this post in May 1996. In 2000 Botha applied for African National Congress membership as well as publicly expressing his support for then-President Thabo Mbeki.
Pik Botha Age
He was born on 27 April 1932 in Rustenburg, South Africa. He died on 12 October 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa at the age of 86.
Pik Botha Wife
He married his wife, Helena Susanna Bosman Ina Joubert in 1998.
Pik Botha Children
He had 4 children, two sons and two daughters; Piet Botha, Roelof Botha, Anna Hertzog, and Lien Botha.
Pik Botha Family
His wife is Helena Susanna Bosman Ina Joubert. They married in 1998. They had two sons and two daughters; Piet Botha, Roelof Botha, Anna Hertzog, and Lien Botha.
Pik Botha Son
Botha’s son confirmed to local media on 12 October 2018 that his father died in his sleep after succumbing to an illness.
Pik Botha Cause of Death
Pik Botha died on 12 October 2018 after a brief illness.
Pik Botha Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $11 Million.
Pik Botha Books
The Development of Africa and the Role of Outside Powers.