Pieter Willem Botha
- Category : Politics-Heads-of-state
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (5,12,35,46)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 4
South African politician who was Prime Minister from 1978-1984 when he was elected President. He remained President of the Republic of South Africa until 1989 when he resigned over party differences. During his time as President he initiated some limited reform of apartheid policies but continued to keep Blacks separate and to administer repressive policies.
He entered politics in 1948 when he was elected to the Parliament. From 1966-1980 he served as minister of defense.In 1998, he was convicted of contempt of court when he refused to testify about apartheid-era crimes. His conviction was later overturned.
Botha died on October 31, 2006 at his home in South Africa at age 90.