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Ex Foreign Minister To Be Buried Today

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Former South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha will be buried today in Pretoria, public broadcaster SABC reports.

He died at the age of 86 almost a fortnight ago.

Around the world he was seen as the public face of apartheid, having served as foreign minister for 17 years, and a staunch defender of white-minority rule, but he was also seen as a liberal who aided the transition to democracy.

His family has said they have no knowledge of an offer of a state funeral by the government, SABC reports.

Botha stepped down as foreign minister in 1994 at the end of apartheid, but also served as a minister in Nelson Mandela’s first post-apartheid government, praising Mandela as a healing figure.

Botha’s legacy is contested, some remembering him as an unrepentant defender of apartheid and others seeing him as a reformer.



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