Apartheid-era foreign affairs minister Pik Botha has died

Pik Botha at Nelson Mandela's inauguration on May 10 1994.
Pik Botha at Nelson Mandela's inauguration on May 10 1994.
Image: David Sadison. 10/05/1994. © Sunday Times

Apartheid-era foreign affairs minister Pik Botha has died at the age of 86, it was confirmed on Friday.

His son Roelof Botha confirmed to eNCA his father died at his Pretoria home on Thursday night. He was admitted to a Pretoria hospital in late September.

He served as foreign affairs minister in the last years of the apartheid government and served as minister of mineral and energy affairs under Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president.

Botha retired from politics in 1996 when the National Party withdrew from the government of national unity.

In 2000, he announced that he would join the ANC.

X