P. W. Botha
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P. W. Botha
Botha in 1962
|State President of South Africa|
3 September 1984 – 15 August 1989
Acting until 14 September 1984
|Preceded by||Marais Viljoen|
|Succeeded by||Frederik Willem de Klerk|
|Prime Minister of South Africa|
9 October 1978 – 14 September 1984
Balthazar Johannes Vorster
|Preceded by||Balthazar Johannes Vorster|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
Pieter Willem Botha
12 January 1916
Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, Union of South Africa
|Died||31 October 2006 (aged 90)|
Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa
|Political party||National Party|
(1943-1997) (her death)
(1998-2006) (his death)
|Children||Rossouw, Pieter Willem, Elanza, Amelia, Rozanne|
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.