Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Former South African apartheid-era president Pieter Willem Botha is no more - but few will shed crocodile tears for the once-feared leader dubbed "Die Groot Krokodil".
History will no doubt harshly judge the man who remained unrepentant until his death about presiding over unprecedented levels of state repression perpetrated by a security apparatus which exterminated hundreds of activists and destabilised southern African countries.
Only those who benefited from his defence of apartheid policies will remember him with a smidgen of affection.
In defence of his unjust policies to preserve white supremacy, he resorted to brutal force to suppress black resistance and those who challenged racial segregation.
He waged a total onslaught against black people and thousands of political activists were arrested and killed by his security forces. Neighbouring countries that harboured liberation movements, notably the ANC, BCM and PAC, suffered relentless bombardment.
The 90-year-old Botha takes to his grave many apartheid secrets - unrepentant until his death. He refused to testify before the TRC, labelling it a circus.
PW Botha's death will not wipe out memories of his tyranny. Few will have fond memories of the arch bigot who did not cross the Rubicon.