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Ex Foreign Minister To Be Buried Today



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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